Four Ezidi refugee couples have become parents in the last couple of months.
Hadi Simo and Hadiya Khaleel were the first; their baby was born in July - aptly named Felix (Latin for "successful, lucky, or happy".)
"I've never been happier [than when] the child came," Hadi said.
When they arrived in Australia from Iraq 10 months ago, the couple decided to start a family.
"When they start having kids," volunteer Sue Vile said, "it's an indication that they're actually feeling comfortable and safe."
- Emergency warning in place for the Bees Nest bushfire - containment lines breached
- Community kicks in to look disaster in the face
- Drought outreach roadshow to visit Guyra next week
- Armidale Playhouse renovations successful under My Community Project grant
- Huge bushfire to rage for weeks as weather conditions worsen
"We're very happy in Australia," Hadi said. "We have the same rights as Australian people."
"[Raising a child] is very easy in Australia," Hadiya said. "In my country, life with a baby [would be] very difficult."
The Adventist Disaster and Relief Association, Guyra, provided the eight new parents with plastic washing baskets full of hand-sewn blankets and quilts, little suits, nappies, and bath toys for the baby; and toothbrushes, soap, hand towels, and hygiene items for the mother.
"Having a baby is an expensive business, and they're just trying to settle in and find their feet," Sue Vile said. "It's a gesture from the local community also that they're welcome."
ADRA Op Shop manageress Helen Turnham delivered them to Armidale so that Sue Vile could give them out before each birth.
She saw an ad on Facebook that Ezidi parents needed baby car seats - which her shop was able to supply. She asked about the parents' situation, and realised that they fit the organisation's criteria for humanitarian aid.
"They were close to us, in a small country town," Helen said. "We just felt as a committee we could help them by doing the baskets."
ADRA will make more baby baskets for Ezidi parents. They also plan to run courses to help people affected by drought recover from depression.
The Ezidi community are also looking for a venue they can call their own for gatherings, sad and happy occasions, mourning and celebrations - maybe even weddings.
"It's pretty difficult to find something that's big enough," Sue said. "If anyone has any ideas, that would be good!"