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Gifts of comfort and sense of belonging

Gifts of comfort

Buy a gift online and give comfort to a child in need

Berry Street will need to provide safe homes for at least 400 children, who have never had the love and care that every child deserves.  Most of these children are coming into foster care having experienced terrible abuse, violence and neglect.  

Many arrive at their new foster homes with nothing more than the clothes they are wearing. They are often terrified and feel very alone.

A gift can send a powerful message that they are safe and cared for. 

Give a gift of comfort to an abused child.

Help give children like Amy
The gift of giving

Help give children like Amy a sense of belonging and comfort

Amy arrived on her foster carer’s doorstep with only a plastic bag and a few possessions. Amy’s foster carer, Mary, soon found out that terrified little girl had never slept in a made bed or been taught how to use a knife and fork. She could barely write her own name and her teeth had so many cavities that it hurt for her to eat.

New pyjamas and a blanket from Berry Street helped Amy overcome the overwhelming emotions of the day. 

“It must have been such a long time since she’d been given anything new, and entirely her own. It was hard not to cry, seeing what a big deal it was for her to be in clean, new pyjamas,” said Amy’s foster carer. 

For children who have missed out on so much, a special gift at a distressing time sends a message that someone cares. 

Buy a gift online today, and help provide comfort to children like Amy.

What to buy

Our most needed gifts

 

Something to hug tight: A Teddy Bear

Something to hug tight: Teddy Bear

$20
Something to snuggle into: Pyjamas and a Blanket

Something to snuggle into: Pyjamas and a Blanket

$40
Something to help keep me warm: Winter Coat

Something to help keep me warm: Winter Coat

$50
Something to help me sleep: A Nightlight

Something to help me sleep: Nightlight

$15
How it works

Your gift will provide comfort to a vulnerable child

Step 1

Choose a gift from our catalogue.

Step 2

Choose to gift on behalf of a loved one, via a personalised e-card or print-your-own card.

Step 3

Purchase your gifts.

Step 4

Your gift will provide comfort to a child in need.

Berry Street. Protecting Victorian Children for over 140 Years

Our work started back in 1877, with the Berry Street Babies’ Home – a place of refuge for abandoned children. Berry Street has grown into Victoria’s largest independent child and family services organisation. 

Last year we helped nearly 20,000 vulnerable children and families who have suffered from abuse, neglect and violence. We continue to help those who have been abused to rebuild their lives, protect those at risk, and find the best ways of preventing abuse.

About Berry Street

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the Berry Street online gift catalogue work?

  1. Select the type of gift you would like to give
  2. Select whether you would like to purchase the gift from yourself, or on behalf of your someone else
  3. Berry Street staff will use your funds to purchase a gift for a vulnerable child. 

Personalised gifts of comfort for these children and young people are so important in terms of making them feel special and loved.
 

How will my donation be used?

Funds raised will be used by our staff or carers to purchase personalised gifts to best meet the needs of children and young people in our care who have suffered from violence and abuse.

The gifts in our catalogue are examples of typical items needed by children and young people entering foster care. The funds raised will be used by staff and carers to purchase personalised gifts for children in care. Additional funds raised will be used to assist other Berry programs with the greatest needs, to support children and young people who have suffered from violence, neglect and abuse.

How do the children receive the gifts?

Berry Street case workers work closely with foster carers and families to ensure gifts match the needs of each child in their time of need.