Archives for April 2012

MOMS: Please join us on May 3!

We are thrilled to be participating in this special event with our friends at Bump Club & Beyond and Equinox!

Join us on May 3 (from 6pm – 9pm) at Equinox Lincoln Park for an evening of fitness, beauty and style.  Enjoy full access to the club, delicious food and drinks, mini-spa treatments, a fashion show and thousands of dollars in giveaways just for MOMS!

Help another mother in need by donating a new or very gently-used baby item (think clothing, diapers and other essential supplies) to Share Our Spare™ and be entered into a raffle to win THE ULTIMATE DOWNTOWN DATE NIGHT!  We can’t think of a better way to celebrate Mother’s Day!

For event details or to purchase tickets, please click here.



Our Newest Partner: Casa Central

We are so excited to introduce our newest partner association, Casa Central.  Casa Central provides a variety of social services aimed at helping individuals improve their self-sufficiency and overall quality of life.

Share Our Spare™ donation drives will benefit Casa Central’s Adolescent Parenting Program.  The program is designed to bring young mothers together to learn about child development, gain parenting skills and begin planning for the future.

Incredibly inspired by the work being done at Casa Central, we are very much looking forward to working with the organization.  To learn more about Casa Central and the Adolescent Parenting Program, please click here.


Nothing but blue skies ahead…Update on Wishlist # 8 – Wanda

When we met Wanda, Alberto and Kailani back in November. they were really struggling to make ends meet while waiting for Alberto’s disability checks.  Through our generous SOS community, we were able to provide them with an emergency supply of diapers, wipes and other essentials for Kailani. .  We recently saw them again at the Common Pantry and were so excited to hear about all of the progress they had made since we last spoke, although it wasn’t an easy road.

Wanda took Kailani to Florida so they could live with her mother and Alberto stayed in Chicago to look for work.  Being away from Alberto was very hard on Wanda, who became depressed and felt a tremendous amount of guilt that she and Kailani had stability while her husband was suffering back in Chicago.  Kailani was affected by Wanda’s depression — she stopped eating and putting on weight and her playful demeanor disappeared.  Alberto lost 40 lbs because he could not afford food, found himself sleeping under bridges and even had to be hospitalized for a brief period as his mental and physical health continued to decline.

Fortunately, life is continuing to improve for this family.  Alberto is now receiving his disability payments and the family has reunited in Chicago.  While they are still leaning on the Common Pantry for assistance with providing food, a job search and access to health services for Alberto,  they are focusing on the future and providing for Kailiani.  We are so happy to see this family getting back on their feet and wish them nothing but blue skies ahead.