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Scottish charity to help 4,000 Ukrainian refugees

The Scottish charity, Scottish Preloved Baby Box’ is sending 4,000 boxes containing essential baby care items to Ukrainian families in need.

The charity has been able to fund the boxes with the help of The Forge Shopping Centre and kind locals. The crisis in Ukraine has meant that families with new babies have been unable to access essential items such as prams, nappies, and baby food.

The charity first appealed to the Scottish Government because of their Baby Box scheme. The scheme ensures that every baby born in Scotland receives a complimentary box featuring items like clothes, a blanket, toys, bibs and nursing pads. Often, these items tend to go unused, so the charity requested that spare items be sent to Ukrainians in need.

The Forge shopping centre helped the appeal by assisting with 58 truckloads of baby boxes and various other aid supplies, and by acting as a base for the appeal.

Jackie Crawford, founder of Scottish Preloved Baby Box commented;

“I can’t believe we are still needing to send such aid over to Ukraine. Initially, I only wanted to make a few baby boxes; however, so many mums wanted to help also. The only reason we have managed to achieve so much is because Jade (who donated her own baby box) and The Forge Shopping Centre offered us an empty unit. So many people were helped because of this kindness.

“We still need as many people as possible to come forward and support Scottish Preloved Baby Box. If you have anything at all you can donate or some time to spare to help arrange the supplies, please do! We’re all in this together; let’s show Ukraine that Glasgow cares.”

The charity’s base will remain at The Forge until October 2022 and is still accepting donations, as well as looking for volunteers to help organise the supplies.