Pam­per packs for home­less

Bay News - - FRONT PAGE - By Re­becca Mauger [email protected]

All peo­ple mat­ter.

Chil­dren­mat­ter, fam­i­lies mat­ter and home­less peo­ple mat­ter.

These are the names of the Face­book pages cre­ated by Juliet Lit­tle, a home-based early child­hood ed­u­ca­tor, ex-foster par­ent and all around car­ing in­di­vid­ual.

Juliet has been col­lect­ing do­na­tions of cloth­ing, toys and toi­letries and fill­ing back­packs des­tined for chil­dren in need since 2017 un­der the Face­book page All Chil­dren­Mat­ter.

The back­packs mostly go to foster chil­dren— dis­persed by var­i­ous care or­gan­i­sa­tions she has aligned with— for chil­dren in need.

But Juliet has ex­tended her cause to in­clude fam­i­lies and now home­less peo­ple. She has cre­ated Fam­i­lies Mat­ter and Home­less Peo­pleMat­ter.

Juliet has fos­tered more than 30 chil­dren her­self. Some only ar­rive with the clothes on their backs, she says.

Notic­ing a lull in the back­packs, Juliet re­cently started cre­at­ing food parcels for fam­i­lies in need (Fam­i­lies Mat­ter).

The idea started when Juliet was asked to help a fam­ily af­ter their home was burnt to the ground in Paen­garoa ear­lier this year.

Us­ing her so­cial me­dia plat­form, Juliet gath­ered food for the fam­ily. She has or­gan­ised about six “fam­ily boxes” so far.

“It’s quite amaz­ing, I just put the word out and it all comes in.”

The same goes for when she asks for cloth­ing for a foster child she has heard about . . . it al­ways comes in. She en­cour­ages peo­ple in need to con­tact her.

“There’s no judg­ment. Peo­ple mes­sage the page and say if it’s for a boy or a girl and what size they re­quire.”

Juliet started Home­less Peo­pleMat­ter just last week. “Pam­per packs” con­tain

toi­letries from the many do­na­tions Juliet re­ceives and some­times lit­tle treats. Again, the packs are dis­persed through var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups.

Juliet re­lies on do­na­tions from the pub­lic. For in­for­ma­tion or to do­nate search one of her Face­book pages— All Chil­dren Mat­ter, Fam­i­liesMat­ter and Home­less Peo­ple Mat­ter.

“I find en­joy­ment in giv­ing, I just love the gift of giv­ing.”

It’‘ ‘ s quite amaz­ing, I just put the word out and it all in.’ Ju’liet comes

Lit­tle

PHOTO / Re­becca Mauger

Juliet Lit­tle with a men and women’s pack for home­less peo­ple.

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