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Friday, January 31, 2014

Feature Friday: Baby Go Round

I usually reserve Fridays for my Amazing Mom posts and am always looking to feature local ladies and businesses that I feel serve the readers of The Pampered Baby. Today's feature is a little extra special. It is organizations such as this- and those kindred spirits who donate their time to ensure their operation- that demonstrate the merits of our society. To ensure the needs of those less fortunate are met. And to remind ourselves of how fortunate we are and to remain humble. I hope today's post will make you take a step back and examine what you have at home and perhaps question how much you really 'need'. It is with great pleasure that I introduce you to Baby Go Round...

Having a baby can be expensive. There's a shopping list a mile long to help you get set up to welcome the new member of the family: crib, mattress, bedding, bassinet, stroller, car seat, clothes, towels, face cloths, diapers, diaper bag, wipes, cream, shampoo, bottles... And that's just the start. While this is such a special and exciting event, not all families are able to afford everything it takes to bring home and raise a baby. That's where an organization like Baby Go Round steps in. Located in Vancouver, Baby Go Round collects and distributes new and gently used baby clothes, gear, and products to families in need with children between the ages of 0- 4 years. 

Open for business! Cutting the ribbon to mark the start of something special

Started by several local ladies who recognized the need for such an organization, Baby Go Round is a not- for- profit serving low- income families throughout the Lower Mainland since the Fall of 2013. On average, the organization assists 55 families per month with items such as clothing and equipment. To date, they have helped nearly 900 families.

The lovely ladies of Baby Go Round

Through community service partners, Baby Go Round distributes these necessities to families who struggle to afford them; the organization currently works with 35 social service agencies in the Lower Mainland to manage this distribution. This amazing organization accepts donations in the form of products, time, and financial aid and ensures the efforts serve those who need it most. 

Open between 10am and 2pm Tuesdays and Thursdays, the facility is always seeking volunteers to help with various aspects of operations; this includes paperwork, organizing donations, picking up and delivering donations, and facility management. In addition, the organization is seeking individuals to fill 'community champion' and 'society supporter' roles to help raise awareness in the community and online. If you are interested in becoming involved on a volunteer basis with Baby Go Round, click here

Other opportunities to become involved include hosting a drive for in- demand items- such as clothing and gear- hosting a baby shower where donations are requested in lieu of gifts, or hosting a special event whereby donors can contribute items or funds. For a list of products Baby Go Round collects, click here.

I had the pleasure of speaking with one of the ladies at the organization; here's some of what she had to say:

 How did you decide what to do? 
We saw a need in the community and we worked to fill it. So many people have good, quality items that they would be happy to pass on to families that cannot afford these items.

What is your favourite part of what you do? What is the biggest challenge? 
The favourite part is making a difference in the lives of the families we help, and to see how they feel supported by the community. The hardest part is not being able to give them everything, and keeping our store front stocked.

Any advice to other ladies/ moms looking to start their own business? 
If you have an idea, follow it. It is amazing how many people want to help you succeed if it is your true passion. 

Perhaps you or someone you know has been looking for a worthy cause to volunteer for or donate to; or maybe some of the 'clutter' in your home would be better used and appreciated by a family in need. I hope you will take the time to check out this amazing organization. And remember what goes around, comes around.


Images courtesy of Baby Go Round.