It’s a fact that too many women don’t have the safety, security and resources to raise their children as they would like, with family violence the primary cause of homelessness for mothers and their children. One woman is killed by a current or former partner every week and one in four children are exposed to domestic violence, going to bed each night cold and afraid.
This is where MumKIND steps in, a South Australian charity working to help underprivileged women believe in the goodness of people again. A volunteer-run, not for profit group, MumKIND do small things with great love to demonstrate compassion to the mothers and their babies who desperately need support.
The idea is simple: to offer help and kind acts by way of material care packages for those who need it most.
“Just one meaningful gesture of kindness has the potential to change the way they view people forever – it can change everything,” says MumKIND founder, Kate Earl.
It all started when Kate realised her own good fortune amid the natural stresses of new parenthood. Turning her attention to the mothers without safety, security and support, she made a call out to friends asking them to gather items from their own homes to be re-gifted to those in need. That first call for compassion quickly flourished to see seven successful campaigns in the last four years.
This winter, MumKIND launches its latest campaign, Warm Toes and Warm Hearts with the aim of providing mothers and their children with the basic human right of warmth. Never underestimating the impact of a pair of warm fuzzies, the non-profit is collecting donations of new women’s and children’s socks and singlets until the end of August.
“Everyone deserves to be warm and every mother dedicates themselves to providing this sort of necessity to their children,” says Kate.
A network of drop-off sites is available for convenient contributions, including One Rundle Trading Co, which has pledged to equal every donation dropped off to its Henley and Dulwich stores.
Find a full list of drop-off locations here.