Nappy drive to help the needy

Heeding the call: Giggles Early Learning Centre director (back) with the 1000 nappies collected for The Nappy Collective. She is with staff member Vanessa Holding and Alexis Tilacos. Picture: Chris Lane

Heeding the call: Giggles Early Learning Centre director (back) with the 1000 nappies collected for The Nappy Collective. She is with staff member Vanessa Holding and Alexis Tilacos. Picture: Chris Lane

FOUR childcare centres in St George and Sutherland Shire have collected 1000 unwanted disposable nappies, which will be donated to a charity that helps the needy.

Giggles Early Learning Centre director Natalie Smith was eager to help The Nappy Collective, so put out the call to parents of the Bexley childcare centre.

The call was then extended to three other centres owned by Anastasia Papadopoulos — The Little Cottage and Happy Feet, both at Carlton, and Wyralla Road Kindy, Miranda.

About 1000 nappies were handed in to the centres but this is set to double after Ms Papadopoulos vowed to match the donations.

Head of Operations at the four centres Poppy Mosses said it was hoped the nappy drive would raise awareness of the charity "and also thank our beautiful families for their fabulous support".

The Nappy Collective was set up by Melbourne mum Sandra Jacobs in 2013 after she found a stash of nappies her daughter had outgrown.

She started collecting nappies, which are donated to mothers in shelters who struggle to afford the basic needs for their young children.

Three nappy drives are held across Australia each year. So far more than 220,000 nappies have been donated.

The next drive is on May 1-15.

Nappies can be dropped at Sutherland Shire Auto Centre, Unit 7, 555 Princes Highway, Kirrawee, 8am-4pm, Monday to Friday.

Amelie House at Sutherland and shire-based Dandelion Support Network are among past recipients.

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