Archives for October 2011

Overflowing Bins at Gan Shalom!

With ten days left in our first ever classroom-based drive, we were thrilled to find the collection bins at Gan Shalom OVERFLOWING with much needed items for four local families in need.

We are impressed at the number of diapers, outgrown infant and toddler clothing, toys and books that have already been donated by the preschool’s students and families. Thank you to everyone who has “shared” with us so far!





Wishlist #3 – The Munoz Family

Please meet the Munoz family.

Antonio and Maria have three sons — Yael (age 12), Gael (age 5) and Jaziel (age 9 months).   They are experiencing an unimaginable amount of stress right now as they struggle to make ends meet for their family.

Antonio works as a mechanic, but has seen a dramatic decline in business due to the poor economy.

Maria works the overnight shift at a factory and spends the days caring for her children, volunteering at her sons’ school and attending English classes.

Share Our Spare™ is working with The Common Pantry to collection donations on behalf of Baby Jaziel, Gael and Yael.  In addition to needing items for their three children, Maria and Antonio are two months behind on their rent payment and are facing eviction.


If you have any of the following items to share, please contact us:

Munoz Family Wishlist:

Baby Supplies

*Baby Food – Stage 3

*Baby Monitor

*Baby Shampoo/Soap & Lotion


*Books – 9months +

*Bottle Brush


*Changing Pad

*Changing Pad Covers

*Child Proofing Supplies

*Crib Bedding, including Waterproof Mattress Pad

*Diaper Pail

*Diapers – Size 3, 4, 5

*Disposable Changing Pads

*Exersaucer or Jumparoo

*First Aid Kit – Nail Clippers, Thermometer

*Formula – Enfamil Brand

*High Chair


*Sippy Cups

*Stroller – Sit and Stand


*Toys – 9 months +


Children’s Clothing & Shoes

*Jaziel – Size 12 months +

*Gael – Size 6/Small or Medium Clothing // Shoe Size: 10

*Yael – Large or X-Large Child Clothing// Shoe Size 7

Household Supplies

*Disinfecting cleaning wipes

*Hand Sanitizer

*Hand & Body Soap

*Laundry Detergent, Dryer Sheets

*Paper towels

*Toilet Paper

*Books or CDs to help learn English

We will be collecting for the Munoz Family through October 31st.  Donations can be dropped off at The Common Pantry (Monday & Tuesday: 9am – 1pm or Wednesday: 9am-5pm).   Please don’t hesitate to contact us to arrange a pick-up from your home if you are unable to make it to The Common Pantry. 


Announcing Our First School Partnership!

Share Our Spare has teamed up with Gan Shalom Preschool to launch four classroom-based donation drives.  During the month of October, students and families from each classroom will have the opportunity to “share” their spare toys, books and outgrown infant and toddler clothing with a local family in need.

Share Our Spare will supply each classroom with the story and photos of a family in need, as well as a list of the specific items that the family seeks for its children.  We will work closely with the school’s teachers, students and families to collect as much as possible for each family.  At the end of the drive, we will deliver the items to the family, making sure to capture their joy and appreciation through pictures and testimonials to be shared with the students.  We cannot think of a better way to teach the importance of giving and reinforce the impact we can have by sharing.

We are very excited about this partnership and hope it is the first of many opportunities for classroom philanthropy.  A big thank you to Gan Shalom for supporting Share Our Spare!