Nielson Community Volunteer Day

Nielsen Community recently volunteered in our warehouse! They weighed and sorted 140 pounds of clothing, made 30 clothing kits and 49 newborn kits! What an amazing day! THANK YOU to Nielsen Media for supporting Share Our Spare and the families we serve.

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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…

 

 

 

Thank you Specific Media Chicago!

How cool is this?! Every quarter, the Chicago office of Specific Media supports a different cause, ranging from pets to people and everything in between. We were so honored to be the featured organization for this quarter and we were so grateful that their team came together to purchase over 700 diapers for us!

Diapers are always one of the most needed items for our families, as individuals are not able to use government assistance (i.e. food stamps, WIC, or the LINK card) to purchase ‘paper items’, including diapers and wipes. . As such, diapers are an expensive item that many parents struggle to provide for their children on a daily basis. Please know your donation will be a huge welcome relief for our families. We look forward to distributing the diapers this week!

Many thanks again to the entire office for their generous efforts. On behalf of the entire board and all of the families we serve, thank you for ‘sharing your spare’. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate it!

Celebrating One Year of Sharing!

It’s hard to believe that we just celebrated ONE YEAR of sharing our spare!
From the bottom of our hearts, thank you to everyone that has supported our efforts over the past 12 months.  With your help, we have been able to fulfill complete wish lists for more than 30 families and we have helped countless others by sharing essential baby and toddler items given to us byyou, our generous donors.
As we head into year 2, we are thinking BIG and we want to make sharing even easier for you!   Share Our Spare is now accepting donations of new and gently used baby and toddler supplies to stock our storage facility.  The goal is to keep the shelves filled with all of the essentials so that our agency partners can come in and ‘shop’ for their individual clients as needed. This new model will allow us to help many more families and we couldn’t be more excited!
If you are interested in sharing your spare to help a local family in need, please contact us.  We also encourage you to stay updated on our collection events, donation drop-off locations, fundraising opportunities and new partnerships via Facebook.
Ensuring that your donations end up in the hands of someone that truly needs them has NEVER been easier!  Share YOUR spare today and make a tremendous impact on the life of another family.  As always, thank you for sharing! 

 

Casa Central Donation Drop

What a day!  Thanks to our amazing donors, we filled an ENTIRE room with what seemed like an endless supply of infant and toddler items to share with participants of Casa Central’s Adolescent Parenting Program.

There were MANY brand new items, including a car seat and a stroller and there were MOUNTAINS of gently used clothing, toys, bath products, blankets, towels, books, formula, diapers, wipes and gear.

A great reminder of how truly blessed we are and that just by sharing the spare items we are no longer using, we can help to lessen the burden for local families struggling to provide for their children.  We had such a wonderful morning at Casa Central and we definitely squeezed our own kids a little tighter when we got home.
 To all that was a part of this one, as always, thanks for sharing! 

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Wishlist # 32 – Vilma and Jonathan

We’ve really been so fortunate to continue meeting such amazing parents who don’t think twice about parting with their gently used baby items.   Here is a photo from our drop off to Vilma and Jonathan on Wednesday.  Vilma was beyond grateful and little Jonathan could not have been cuter!  There were so many things for Jonathan – clothes, toys, bedding, diapers, wipes,  a diaper bag, a diaper pail and every other supply imaginable.  There was a huge bag of toiletries for Vilma, there were household products…all of which were neatly organized in big baskets!  Thank you to Audrey and Lydia for spearheading this drive and thank you to everyone that was a part of this one. We are blown away by your thoughtfulness and by the quantity and the quality of the items you shared.  Please rest assured that your donations have ended up in the hands of a deserving family who truly needs them.