recently, kim brought to my attention a woman named alley*. alley is a young, pregnant mom to two boys, ages eight and two. she's blogging her life - leaving an abusive husband and living with her children in her father's home in kansas. she works nights, and she and her kids are still struggling to make ends meet. alley is facing pressure from her friends and her church to place her child with an adoptive family, though she desperately wants to parent. alley doesn't have anything that she'll need for the new baby and is working hard to pay off past debt so that she and her kids can move into a place of their own. kim suggested that we all pitch in to help her out.
i offered to lend a hand, and we came up with an idea. online baby shower. everyone has something to give - hand-me-down clothes and baby paraphernalia, a package of diapers, a can of formula, a gift card to a grocery store. there are a million and one things needed for a new household and a new baby. we had two baby showers thrown for us before zade came home and i think every expecting parent deserves one.
i generally try not to solicit on my blog, but i believe that supporting alley is the right thing to do. so i'm asking for your help. let's throw alley a baby shower like no other. here's what you can do to help.
- buy a gift from the amazon.com registry i set up for alley
- get her a gift card to w*l-m*rt for essentials like food, clothing, diapers
- send alley a box of (good quality, no stains, etc.) your child's outgrown baby clothes
- make her a gift using your crafty knowledge (knitting, quilting, sewing, etc.)
- link to this post on your blog and encourage your readers to lend a hand!
below is a small list of items needed:
newborn clothes for a february baby
infant car seat
crib and mattress
disposable diapers in size newborn and small
double stroller (infant and toddler)
enfamil with iron
baby soap and lotion
baby towels and washcloths
any other baby items you wish to donate
maternity and women's clothes
clothes in sizes 6/7 (boys small) and 2T/3T
email me for information on how to send something directly to alley.
no gift is too small - anything will be appreciated.
*blog name, not real name