Barely a month into blogging and I’m already off topic! Clearly, the stroller isn’t the only thing rambling around here. Actually, I’m not as far off as you might think: giving feels good, and that ties nicely into the original goal of this blog. And so, with a little bit of leftover Thanksgiving spirit, here is a list of mom-to-mom giving ideas:

The Diaper Bag Project

It’s one of those brilliantly simple, gee-I-wish-I’d-thought-of-that ideas: collect gently used diaper bags, and the stuff that goes in ‘em, and deliver the stocked bags to women’s shelters, teen mom centres, and anywhere else you might find new moms in need. Brainchild of a Kanata mom, since it’s inception a mere 6 weeks ago the project has already collected enough sleepers and blankets to overtax the organizer’s storage space, and has delivered 4 bags to a local women’s shelter.

Items needed:

  • diaper bags
  • receiving blankets
  • empty travel wipes cases
  • travel size vaseline/diaper cream
  • newborn/size 1 disposable diapers (perfect for those partial bags that are leftover when baby grows into the next size)
  • empty travel size hand sanitizer bottles
  • newborn size sleepers 

For more information or to donate, contact Erin at diaperbagproject@gmail.com. Erin also blogs at https://mysuburbanadventure.wordpress.com/.

The Food Bank

The Food Bank – it’s not just about the food. The food bank also accepts baby care items, such as diapers and wipes. Something I like to do around Christmas time is pass the hat at work and then a bunch of us go on a shopping spree in the baby aisle. And it doubles as a team building exercise: the folks with older children reminisce, and we tease the young single guys who have no idea what babies need. All Good.

The Snowsuit Fund

It’s that time of year, and if you’ve dusted off last year’s snowsuit and can see 3 inches of ankle between boot and suit, then consider donating it to the Snowsuit Fund. Gently used winter outerwear can be dropped off at any local Canadian Tire or Brown’s Cleaners, or at the Snowsuit Fund depot (225 Donald Street, Unit 134).

Getting Crafty

For those with a crafty side, Yarn Forward accepts new, hand-knit or crocheted hats, mitts and scarves for the Snowsuit Fund. They also keep a stash of customer-donated yarn that you can use for this purpose. Similarly, Wool Tyme keeps a yarn stash and collects blankets for Project Linus.

So, that’s what I was able to come up with, but I’m sure there’s more! If you know of any other mom-to-mom giving opportunities, or have been involved with any of these (as a giver or recipient), please leave details in the comments: I’m planning on updating this information once or twice a year, and I’d love to add your ideas.