Southern River scouts donate packs for children in foster care

Southern River scouts with the care packs they donated.
Southern River scouts with the care packs they donated.

IT was a case of kids helping kids when the young members of Southern River Scout Group donated 15 packs for children going into foster care.

The scouts and their families donated more than 200 items such as toiletries, brushes, hair ties, underwear, clothes and toys during the drive, enough to create and donate 15 care bags to WA’s Child Protection and Family Support service.

Approximately 60 “leftover” items were donated to the ‘Care Bags-because children in care matter’ project, where they will be used in other packs.

Southern River Scout Group leader Kylie Wilkinson said the donation drive was a way to give something back to the community.

“(The care bags project) aims to ensure that every child who enters care throughout WA receives a care bag to make their journey in entering out of home care a little easier by providing them with essential items and provide them with a measure of comfort and sense of security at a confusing and frightening time,” she said.

“Scouting is about helping our youth be the best they can be, it’s about developing all facets of life, being active, having fun, challenging ourselves and being constructive citizens in our community and being involved in a project like this allows us to give back to our community.”

Visit www.facebook.com/groups/CareBagsWesternAustralia for more information on the project.

For more information on the Southern River Scout Group, which runs out of Bletchley Park Primary School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, email groupleader@srsg.org.au.