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Well – we launched it!! And to say the very least, its been an EXCITING last few days. The response has been awe-inspiring as people we’ve never met have emailed and let us know that they have clothes organized and ready to ship! It overwhelms me just thinking about it! And so many more have taken our message and (you know what’s coming)…passed it on, baby! =) Heather and I are going to use this blog to answer questions, let you know where we are headed, share stories of people you’ve helped and quite simply, talk. (Having never blogged before, I’m a little nervous. You would laugh if you could hear the thoughts in my head. Should I be funny? Should I sound serious? I’ll just write and we’ll see what comes out. =) But enough with my nonsense – here goes nothing!! )
A lot of people have asked why we don’t have a separate link on our blog for donating and one for need or any type of automation on our blog for that matter. It’s a great question and initially the idea we had for the site. The truth is, at first we didn’t know how to. We figured we could hire a designer but that would have been expensive. Then, we started to get overwhelmed with trying to create too much framework and structure and focusing our energies there, when we weren’t sure what the response would be. Now that we have the blog and our email addresses out there, we LIKE hearing from you and not sure that we would ever want it any other way! We do own the actual passitonbaby.com – but we haven’t done anything with it yet. If this grows like we hope, we’ll cross that bridge when we get there.
Right now, we are focusing on spreading the message and getting some clothes out to some VERY special kiddos. We are in the process of partnering with a local YWCA. The YWCA has a temporary family shelter that will give the family a place to stay for 7 days before they transition to some other type of living arrangements. While the families normally don’t need clothes during their stay, once they are out on their own again – as you can imagine, the needs are probably pretty great. Moms and dads in a tough enough personal situation, still trying to put on a brave face for their kiddos and trying to shelter the kids from the outside worlds’ judgment. So – we can help just a little bit. We can make sure that the kids have some clothes to wear proudly to school or to play, and for the initial moment, we can give a little peace to a family in need. I get SO head of myself with this image I just want to get out there and start helping! Its because the very thought of a mother who is struggling, opening a box of clothes and truly feeling a sense of peace and comfort for that moment is such a powerful image to me. I was a young struggling mom once too. And I’ve never forgotten the kindness that was shown to me. See – it truly does all goes around. In the end, if we help a dozen people – a dozen people are better off. The world is a little brighter for those dozen people. And just like all of us can look back upon an act of kindness that was shown to us in our own lives and smile, those dozen people will be able to also.
Pass It On, Baby is an act of love. We’ll make mistakes, we’ll learn as we go, we’ll work hard to reach each and every person who is willing to donate, and just to spread our message. It isn’t going to be easy, but it will be important and good and heading in the right direction. And every step will make this place a little better than how we found it. Doing the right thing isn’t always easy. In fact, its easier to just clear out your closets in one huge garbage bag and toss it out. But this is something that at the end of the day, you know that you spread some kindness in the world and maybe a whole lot more. And this donation is not in some vague way where you drop off your stuff to a drop box where you are certain it is a charity, but it strangely feels more like a garbage bin. You’ve lovingly boxed it up, enclosed a letter and sent it directly to someone who asked for the help. And so we go on….many people have heard the message and we have many, many more to go. I hope you enjoy our little journey – all of ours. Now that we have you, we can’t let you go (but you knew that already, didn’t you? *wink* )
As always, thanks for listening. We appreciate it! =) And whether its clothes, our message, our blog address, our spirit – take it with you and Pass It On, Baby!
In love and kindness,
How we work
We are an online community of kind-hearted individuals who directly donate gently loved children's clothes to mothers who could use a little kindness. The wonderful donating mothers lovingly box up the clothes that they once loved their own kiddos in and send them for another mother to love on her children via the US Mail - Parcel Post. If you are in need, know someone in need or want to help by donating, please contact us at email@example.com. If you can't do any of these but would like to spread our message - thank you kindly! ~ Elizabeth & Heather