This little report is intended to thank everyone who has supported The Baby Gear Project by donating beautiful items, helping to connect the project to organisations that could identify parents who could benefit and providing purchased items for babies.
BGP had a slow start in 2020 as the Neighbourhood Baby Showers were cancelled (due to COVID). In September we switched gears and started to make boxes for individual families as we heard about them.
Identifying new or to be- parents, BGP works with Community Houses in Russell Heights, Blair Court and recently Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre. As well we also have received requests from other churches (St. Joseph Parish) and organisations.
Between September 2020 and January 2021, we have given The Baby Gear Box, The Bag of Essentials and items of Large Baby Gear Items to 12 new or expecting mothers; they are single moms, new Canadians or refugees living in our neighbourhood.
Essentially, an equitable recycling project, donations have mostly come from Manor Park and Rockcliffe and friends in Ottawa South and Stittsville. The quality of clothes and other items is practically like new and washed and folded. The boxes of clothes are quite adorable when put together. I am attaching a picture of Sarah Dwyer, Director at Russell Heights with our boxes and stuff that she was going to deliver in September.
As well we have received donations of diapers, baby wipes, soaps, soothers and other items primarily from my sister Rosemarie.
Baby Gear Box is a layette including:
- Clothes, hats, socks for new-borns and up to 12/18 months
- Jackets and sweaters
- Sleep sacks
- Muslin wraps
Bag of Baby Essentials consists of purchased and donated items:
- Thermometer and soothers
- Diapers, baby wipes
- Crib sheets
- Creams and baby soap
- Small toy and a few books
- Crib sheets and a small blankets
- Snowsuit for babies born in winter so they can come home from the hospital protected
Items of Baby Gear have included:
- Portable wood changing table, diaper bag, strollers, cribs, nursing Pillows
- Our lovely website www.thebabygearproject.com is designed by Jordan D’Amico
- Josephine Evans has designed the card we include in the Baby Box
- Rosemarie D’Amico for all the baby essentials
- Roger and Jill Hawkins for help and diapers
- Philip English our deliveryman, quartermaster, organiser!!