Deciding what to write for the Infant Crisis Services’ blog was difficult. There are so many wonderful experiences and stories that evolve in this inspirational place. Finally, I decided to write about one of my favorite things: Answering the donor door!
I am the Saturday Volunteer Supervisor, which means from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. every Saturday I am privileged to be a part of this incredible organization. In addition to serving clients and hosting groups, we are available to receive donations for babies and toddlers to include: diapers, formula, and other necessities. Every time I answer the donor door, I get to meet generous people from our community who make the effort to give in-kind donations to the tiniest victims of poverty. It is also an opportunity for me to answer questions or share information about our services with these kind folks. I would like to tell you about some of my experiences and interesting ways you can help Infant Crisis Services.
Have a baby shower or have your birthday party in honor of Infant Crisis Services. I remember a young couple who brought in a wagon full of gifts as well as their two toddlers. They counted the many blessings in their lives, and invited their daughter’s birthday party guests to bring gifts for the babies we serve. They couldn’t imagine not being able to feed or diaper their babies and wanted to share their blessings with us!
Use manufacturer’s coupons and your drugstore register rewards to purchase diapers, formula and other baby items. A couple of ladies came by with a trunk load of diapers. They shared this strategy with me and I have been doing it ever since. Last Saturday, a mom who was breastfeeding brought in several cans of formula. She told me she used mail-in rebate offers to purchase the formula at a low cost just for the purpose of donating it to our organization. She didn’t need the formula, but she knew we could reach the many babies who do.
Return the favor! One of the most gratifying experiences for volunteers at Infant Crisis Services is to meet a donor who was either a former client, or has a family member who was a former client. I have met so many of these individuals at the donor door and I always hug them and thank them for making our mission come “full circle”.
Share the love. If you love Infant Crisis Services, share that love with your friends, family, co-workers, or anyone who will listen. One such donor told me she worked at a pediatrician’s office. After receiving permission, she placed a donation box in her office. Judging by the box of donations she brought in, the response from the patients was overwhelming. She said that just seeing the donor box also opened the door for patients who were potential clients to ask about our services.
Clean out your closets. Did you know that in addition to the food, formula and diapers we give out, each client at Infant Crisis Services also receives gently used clothing and accessories? With the change of seasons upon us, now is a great time to clean out your closets and donate your used clothing size preemie to six to our babies.
These are just a few ways you can help Infant Crisis Services. If you need some other ideas - our wish list is always posted on our website. I’m here every Saturday – so come by and see me!
Posted on Wed, September 5, 2012
by Jill Jekel