Archives for November 2012

Happy ‘Giving Tuesday’!

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  After the frenzy of Black Friday and all of the Cyber Monday mania, we were so excited to learn about a new national tradition today, which officially kicks off the giving season.

Happy Giving Tuesday! 

In the spirit of Giving Tuesday and throughout this holiday season, please consider ‘sharing your spare’ with us, in the form of a tax-deductible donation.

‘Tis the Season for ‘Sharing your Spare’

 When we began our push for Share Our SpareTM in June 2011, we had no idea that the concept would be so well received by our community and that our efforts would be so productive. On one hand, the generosity that we uncovered was incredible.  Of course on the other hand, the need for our bounty is huge. And that’s where we hope you can help us.

Share Our SpareTM currently maintains a modest sized warehouse to store donated items which we then distribute to our non-profit partner organizations, including theYWCACommon PantryCasa CentralPrimo Center for Women and Children, and Year Up.  Through the immense number of donations we’ve collected in just over a year, we have been able to provide scores of low-income families with essential baby gear and toddler items. 

We need your help! 

We have even bigger plans for 2013.  If we can secure a larger warehouse, we will be able to expand our efforts in so many ways.  We will have a venue where our partner agencies can come and “shop” for specific items requested by our recipient families. Receiving and organizing donations will be so much easier.  Finally, we will be able to engage more dedicated volunteers, which will allow us to reach more families across Chicago.

Our ability to touch those in need is only limited by the square footage of storage space we can maintain to stock the items that are contributed to us by you, our generous donors.

We are truly making a difference in the lives of those families we serve. 

We hope that you find meaning in our mission.

With your donation, we can reach our goal of securing a new warehouse facility and strengthening our model, allowing us to continue making giving more meaningful while helping many, many more Chicago families in need.

We greatly appreciate your support, during this season of giving and all year long. As always, thanks for sharing!

With gratitude, 

The founding board members of Share Our SpareTM

                                                                                        

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BCBazaar

ARE YOU READY FOR THE BIGGEST SHOPPING EVENT OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON? Join Bump Club and Beyond at The Land of Nod with Galt Toys + Galt Baby Lincoln ParkSprout San Francisco,Twinkle Twinkle Little OnepreggersPsycho Baby,Stork Stack…and it all benefits Share Our SpareMore Than Milk, & American Red Cross for Hurricane Relief.

Don’t forget to register! http://holidaybcbazaar.eventbrite.com/

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PJ Playdate for a Purpose

Thank you Simply By Suzy for capturing our PJ Playdate for a Purpose! Our generous donors never cease to amaze us. We collected 76 pairs of pajamas, most of them brand new. Together we are going to be able to help a lot of little ones stay warm this winter. We loved seeing all of the little ones in their pajamas at Kookaburra Play Cafe. It was such a fun event!  We couldn’t have done it without Sarah Jayne Lane and of course, our friends from More Than Milk.

See all of Suzy’s adorable pics here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/54327539@N04/sets/72157632015062092/.

 

 

 

Images By Grace

We can’t say enough about the time and talent Grace Federighi donated to us or these gorgeous families who so generously supported us at our mini photo sessions this weekend. Here’s a sneak peak at some of the pics — we can’t wait to see the rest!  Feeling so grateful…