Superheroes don’t always wear capes; sometimes they arrive in onesies and ponytails.
South Africa (05 August 2020) – During Lockdown, little 8-year-old Rafi encouraged all her friends and family to donate baby items instead of gifts for her birthday, and “The Grace Factory” is overwhelmed by the response.
She collected a total of 371 baby items for The Grace Factory – an independent registered Non-Profit Organisation that aims to help moms and babies in need in South Africa!
The Grace Factory’s story all started in July 2012, when Amy gave birth to her first child, a beautiful little girl named Erin Grace. While Amy was on maternity leave, she decided to donate baby clothes and toiletries she wasn’t using. She wondered who could put them to best use as none of her friends or family were expecting.
Not knowing what else to do, she would drive to the Spar behind her house, find out which car guards had babies at home, and donate the items that she had loaded in the boot of her car. But she wanted to make a more significant impact. And so, her baby girl Erin Grace became the inspiration behind this bountiful charity – The Grace Factory. Having her second baby prematurely in 2015 motivated her to start making maternity packs for premature babies as well.
Through it, The Grace Factory has brought a ray of hope to over 12 000 anxious new mothers and babies, and assisted 110 children’s homes so far, by providing them with basic necessities such as clothes, blankets, toiletries, nappies, etc.
Establishing and running an NPO is a big job – even more so when you already have a full-time job and are a mom to two little girls. Amy could never have guessed that giving away surplus baby clothes and accessories could lead her to establish an NPO and that it would help so many people!
And Rafi’s donations will go a long way as she has now chosen to continue collecting for us throughout lockdown.
“We rely wholeheartedly on support from the public, and would not be able to do what we do without the kindness and goodwill of others. Rafi has truly made such a difference in the lives of vulnerable moms with newborns in our community!”