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Nonprofit Good360 is calling on the Australian toy industry to help the organisation create 15,000 care packs for Australian children, families and seniors. 

Throughout July and August Good360 will be creating and distributing three types of care packs to kids, families and seniors that have been impacted by COVID-19. 

The packs will be distributed through Good360's network of 1,989 Australian charities and disadvantaged schools, including The Salvation Army, Variety and The Pyjama Foundation. 

Good360 already works with Big W, Moose Toys and Johnco Productions, helping them do good by distributing highly needed product donations to people facing challenging life circumstances. 

Good360 corporate product manager Mark Herman said that the packs will provide vulnerable Australians with new products that might otherwise be out of their reach. 

"We know that the impact of COVID-19 has made life very difficult for families, particularly with children.

"This has been magnified for those families who were already being assisted by thousands of charity groups across Australia.

"Good360 is a matchmaker that connects brand new, surplus and slow moving goods that your business might have to those vulnerable children and families in every state and territory and across 24 cause areas.

"Volunteers will be packing 15,000 care packs for children, families and seniors with brand new items that might otherwise be out of their reach.

"The packs will bring a smile to people who will greatly value beautiful, functional and fun hygiene, clothing and toy and game items during this time of uncertainty and isolation," he said. 

Good360 is hoping to receive donations of at least 500 in each product category listed below and will make each pack up to be valued at a minimum of RRP$100. 

The consumer public will then be able to donate $5 to have one of the bags filled and shipped to those in need across Australia. 

Since its establishment in Australia, Good360 has given more than 14,000,000 items to vulnerable Aussies in five years. 

Home/school care pack 

To help parents (and teachers) provide children with educational and functional items that assist learning

  • Pencils/pens
  • Erasers/staplers/rulers
  • Exercise books
  • Textbooks
  • Fiction books
  • Puzzles
  • Arts/crafts
  • Toys
  • Educational toys
  • Pencil cases/drink bottles/lunch boxes

Family/DV/homelessness care pack

To provide vulnerable families/people affected by COVID-19 and other critical circumstances with essential items

  • Clothes (t-shirts, hoodies etc)
  • Pjs
  • Toys
  • Blankets
  • Deodorant
  • Soap/handwash/anti-bacterial wipes
  • Make-up
  • Cleaning products
  • Caps/hats
  • Moisturiser/sunscreen

Seniors' care pack

To support residents in aged care facilities and other seniors by providing diversional, creative and essential items

  • Puzzles
  • Arts and crafts
  • Perfume/Aftershave
  • Playing cards
  • Pjs
  • Lap blankets
  • Slippers
  • Scarves
  • Toiletries/moisturiser/deodorant
  • Clothing
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