De La Salle makes new mothers smile

Makayla Stockter and Melina Manferdini with some of the items collected by the Outreach Committee for the baby hampers project. Photo: Supplied

De La Salle Holy Cross College High School outreach committee collected much-needed baby supplies for new mothers of Oliver Tambo Memorial Hospital.

This was after the schoolchildren were given a motivational presentation by Deacon Barbara Morrison, who founded the Tambo Memorial Baby Pack Network. Morrison collects and delivers baby hampers to the mothers of newborn babies at the hospital .

Many of these mothers are completely unprepared for their newborns and, as Morrison shared with the schoolchildren, there are, unfortunately, mothers who have absolutely nothing to take their little ones home in.

“We have seen this with our own eyes, they either roll them in a piece of rag or a bit of their own clothing,” she said. “It is very humbling to give such a mother a hamper and watch the expression of joy on her face when she realises what is in the parcel.”

The school’s outreach committee, headed by teacher Jeanette Preston-Whyte, immediately started a baby hamper drive at the college. They asked for donations from children, parents and the community.

The school was delighted by the generosity shown as they managed two large packages that were delivered to Morrison to distribute to the grateful mothers.

“The response from De La Salle Holy Cross College was overwhelming and I am very grateful for their wonderful contributions towards achieving our goals. We hope to achieve 1 500 babies covered in love by the end of the year,” said Morrison.

For more information about the Tambo Memorial Baby Pack Network, contact Deacon Barbara Morrison on

083 242 1849 or look for the Tambo Memorial Baby Pack Network page on Facebook.

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