LOCAL families in need will get a helping hand this school term with volunteer-run organisation Eureka Mums once again opening up their donation arms.
Eureka Mums is currently collecting donations of primary school supplies as part of its annual Tools For School campaign to help struggling families with the expenses of schooling.
Last year more than 50 school packs filled with much-needed school items were distributed to local students.
Eureka Mums founder Erin Malone said for some families the expense of new books and school accessories can be overwhelming.
“Our school packs remove some of the pressure that can come with the new school year,” she said.
“Donating a backpack may not seem like much, but once we fill it with all of the essentials for starting school, it becomes a practical gift that lasts through the year.”
Eureka Mums are currently calling for donations of new or pre-loved schooling items in excellent condition to be donated before the new school term.
The organisation’s secretary Trinsa Lewis said the campaign, which came about after Eureka Mums founder Erin Malone realised how expensive it was to send a prep pupil to school for the first time, was welcomed back for a second year by many local case workers who worked with families in need.
“Back to school is straight after Christmas, so it’s expensive for many families. This one little thing can make a big difference,” she said
“(Last year) the children were over the moon and were pulling everything out like it was Christmas,” she said.
She said it was also a chance for members of the community to help make a difference.
“A lot of parents use it to teach their children that they can help others,” she said.
CAFS family services case manager Amanda Rosenthal said the backpacks often make a huge difference to the most vulnerable children in the community.
“To have something that belongs to them makes them feel special. It means they’re starting off in the best sort of way,” she said.
“Any donation is appreciated and eases a lot of stresses.”
Sought after items include lunch boxes, drink bottles, art smocks, library books and school uniforms.
Any donated items can be left in the Eureka Mums collection tubs at Radmac Office Choice at 110 Armstrong Street South, Parent Place at the corner of Sturt and Albert Streets, Buninyong’s Divine Vintage on Warrenheip Street, Try and Guess Gifts and Homewares at 211 Doveton Street South or the front door of 2/1104 Doveton Street North.