While majority of us enjoy a summer break and go on vacations, the needs of our community do not. If anything, the needs of those less fortunate in our community increase.
Why Baby Bundles?
Of the total births in Mecklenburg County, nearly 50% are to mothers receiving Medicaid benefits, and more than 6,000 children are born in this community every year to mothers living in "high needs" zip codes. There are children born in our area who have nothing to leave the hospital in, not even a onesie. Let that sink in for a moment.
This is where Baby Bundles comes in.
Think of Baby Bundles as a baby shower from the community that provides the most necessary items to the disadvantaged families. The bundles include baby blankets, burp cloths, bibs, infant hats, infant socks, onesies, outfits, and pajamas. They also include age appropriate books and baby toys to encourage parent-child bonding and cognitive development in the baby's rapidly developing brain.
The bundles are distributed through community partners, such as the Crisis Assistance Ministries, and select hospital locations in the Charlotte area. The bundles are provided through various organizations that build relationships with the families to help fulfill other needs related to raising a child.
Last Thursday, Charlotte and I visited the Baby Bundles warehouse to learn more about the organization and to help put together bundles.
Charlotte enjoyed "shopping" the baskets of various clothing items to put into the bundles:
And she also enjoyed taking a little break to watch the Minions and share Goldfish with a new friend:
Here's one of the bundles that we put together for a family here in Mecklenbug county:
We had a great time volunteering and learning about the organization. Click here to learn how you can help.
I hope you join me in raising funds and awareness for this amazing organization.
*The money raised by the campaign goes directly to the non-profit, which they receive within 30 days of the campaign's end. Crowdrise takes 2.9% of the money raised + $0.30 per transaction to ensure that the non-profit receives the full donation.