The idea of collecting things for people in need is nothing new. People donate non-perishable food, blankets, old clothes, books, and toys. There's one thing you might never have considered donating: nappies. This is where the Nappy Collective come in. They encourage people to donate their unused disposable nappies, so that the collective can pass them on to families that need them the most.
If you've ever raised small children you're probably aware of a few things: nappies are expensive, nappies are used up very quickly, and small children seem to grow very fast. This might mean you end up with a few perfectly useful nappies, but no children small enough to fit into them. The Nappy Collective work with other organisations that already help people in need, and they make sure they're well stocked with these important products.
The first Nappy Collective was launched in 2013 after a group of mums realised they all had a few left over nappies that their children had grown out of, but nothing to do with them. They realised that there were probably parents all over Australia in a similar situation. A small amount of nappies probably couldn't help too much, but by encouraging people all over the country to donate nappies they realised they could make a difference. The July 2014 collection received over 80,000 nappies.
So how can you get involved? The Nappy Collective runs three collections a year in February, July, and October. The next one is running between October 20th and November 5th. All you need to do is collect any disposable nappies you're no longer able to use, and bring them to one of the Nappy Collective drop off locations. You can also sign up to become a volunteer and help with sorting the thousands of donations.
You could even plan a Nappy Collective party to encourage all your friends with kids to donate. That way you can help support more people and have fun with your friends.