Groups help out young mothers

BENDIGO Foodshare will deliver vital baby products to young central Victorian mothers after help from Hazeldene's. 

Foodshare accepts donations from businesses across the state and distributes them to other agencies. 

Operations manager Ray Butler said the charity was unable to collect the baby product donations due to a lack of transport.

"We often get offered donations but can't pick them up," he said. 

"Hazeldene's offered to transport the 14 pallets.

"We are going to package them up and give them to young mums at TAFE and Bendigo Senior Secondary College." 

Mr Butler said the products included nappies, baby food, talcum powder, sheets, nappy liners, shampoo and bottles. 

He said the donations would be invaluable to young mothers who struggled to support their families. 

"I don't know how much most of these products go for, but I know it does accumulate," he said. 

"If you are a mum who comes from a low socio-economic background, it is tough."

It is really great to see the community backing our organisations. - Ray Butler

Hazeldene's marketing manager Tony Hill said the business was happy to help.

"As soon as we realised there was a need for assistance, we offered our transport vehicles to help out," he said. 

"It’s great to see that those products can get to families that really need them."

Mr Butler said the charity was overwhelmed with the support from Hazeldene's and other businesses after the Bendigo Advertiser  helped drum up community help in April. 

"It is brilliant," he said. 

"Hazeldene's said anytime you need help, just ask.

"We have seven or eight different companies, not just transport companies, offering to service our trucks, help us with free fuel and other things.

"We don't want to abuse the help so we are trying to share it around."

He said the charity had seen an increase in the range and amount of product it was able to distribute.

"It is really great to see the community backing our organisations," he said.

"They are helping us help the rest of the community.

"It's terrific."

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