Centre’s community focus

Chance, aged five, presents his painting and message for a local aged care facility. Photo: Supplied/Marie Marcante 208656_01

Pacific Werribee delivered gift packs to new mums at Werribee Mercy Hospital earlier this month.

The shopping centre partnered with Mercy Health to distribute 30 gift packs to mothers in the hospital’s Maternity and Neonatal Services ward and the Special Care Nursery unit.

The gift packs included hand cream and chocolate for mothers, baby wipes, newborn nappies, a rattle and a baby wash starter pack.

Werribee Mercy Hospital’s clinical director of paediatrics, Kathy McMahon, said the gift packs were much-appreciated by new mothers.

Pacific Werribee centre manager Patricia Gardiner said the shopping centre’s team “were honoured to have provided an added treat to new mums”.

The centre has also invited adults and children to join its pen pal program, which is aimed at connecting residents with people living in local aged care facilities during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Together, with our children, we can send messages of love and hope to people who are living in aged care facilities and are isolated from their friends and families,” Ms Gardiner said.

“Through pen pal writing, children can practice an act of kindness, gain perspective of someone else’s life, and learn patience as they wait for a response.”

Pen pal messages can be hand-written letters, pictures, videos, or even children’s drawings.

Kindness cards, for inspiration, can also be downloaded from Pacific Werribee’s website pacificwerribee.com.au/whats-on/kindness-cards/

Customers are invited to send their letters or emails to: Tim Whitmore, Mercy Place Wyndham, 39 Deutgam Street, Werribee VIC 3030 or TWhitmore@mercy.com.au, and Manor Court Werribee Aged Care, 5 Hogan Grove, Werribee, VIC 3030 or Adela.lupsa@manorcourt.org.au.