Our five founding members, Chris Rafter, Stephanie Hinrichs, Sandra Baker, Julie French and Matilda Fritjers began Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc. in Feb 2018, immediately after a similar charity they were sewing for, Project Love and Care, closed.
Our team are all volunteers, relying solely on donations and grants to provide our comprehensive, free Care Kits to the children who need it, whenever they need it, all year round. Orders are usually filled and delivered within days; sometimes the same day if there is an urgent request.
We have an active community of people of all ages and from all sectors around Queensland, including many retirees, who create clothing, toys and quilts or wraps for our Care Kits from donated fabrics and yarn, as we actively encourage our community in support of the #waronwaste ethic.
We also have many generous people, organisations and businesses who support us by buying items we need for the Care Kits, donating them via their local MPs’ or Councillors‘ offices or Community Centres, or by donating financially so we can buy shortfalls. These are acknowleged on our Facebook Page.
Anything we can’t use is passed on to others who can use it.
We have three sewing and craft groups, who create clothing and other items solely for our Care Kits from donated fabrics and notions, supporting the
#waronwaste and #circulareconomy ethic.
We also provide an opportunity for members of disability groups to regularly help pack our toy bags.
Can we please have lots of the crochet stress balls? The kids adore them.
So do we! 😀 Thank You All!!
Awards and Grants
The Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc team has been recognised through Awards, and are very grateful to be partially funded by Grants:
💜 Finalist in Australia Pacific LNG Community Hero Award, Queensland Community Achievement Awards – Chris Rafter (President) representing the Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc. team (2021)
💜 Lord Mayor’s Community Fund Grants (2021)
💜 Westfund Sponsorship Grant (2021)
💜 Bonner Volunteer Awards (Community Groups) Runner-Up (2021)
💜 Electorate Queensland Day Award (2020) from Hon Di Farmer MP, Queensland’s Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence – Chris Rafter (President) representing the Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc. team (2020)
💜 RACQ Local Sponsorship Grant (2020)
💜 Electorate Volunteers Grant from Terri Butler MP (2020)
💜 Finalist in Westfield Carindale Local Heroes Award: Chris Rafter (President) representing the Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc. team(2020)
💜 Finalist in Waste Smart Brisbane Awards: Chris Rafter (President) representing the Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc. team (2020)
💜 Bonner Local Legend Award to Chris Rafter (President) representing the Care Kits for Kids Qld Inc. team (2020)
💜 Lord Mayor’s Community Fund Grant (2019)