This morning I drove into Boston with a car that was packed with baby supplies and made a drop-off at The Grow Clinic at Boston Medical Center.
Here’s a rundown:
– ImprovBoston’s donation box was full of baby formula, sippy cups, and Flintstones vitamins
– Winthrop Public Library’s Children’s room provided diapers and baby food
– My employer, Quantum Learning, donated bags and bags and BAGS of baby food (apples, sweet potatoes, all the good stuff) as well as a humungo box of diapers
– My coworker Rebecca and her cool kiddos also donated diapers and baby food!
– My new- mom friend Erin also sent a big box of diapers and formula!
– One giant box showed up on my front porch from an anonymous donor. It was filled with diapers and hypoallergenic formula. Amazing.
– A number of friends and family members contributed to a Costco run in which I purchased $155 worth of hypoallergenic baby formula.
They needed two of these to bring the stuff in:
Thank you thank you and THANK YOU!
My good intentions and my organizational skills (per usual) didn’t quite match each other- so I have to thank my husband Ryan, and my mom and dad for picking up the slack and helping so, so much.
Special thanks also to Tom, Mike, and Dana at ImprovBoston, Mary at the Winthrop Public Library’s Children’s Room, Erin Conrad and Maile Shoul.
For those of you who contributed, here’s a great blurb from the website about services that the clinic provides. It’s cool to know that we helped achieve these ends:
Our services extend beyond traditional medical treatment. We provide intensive social service and nutrition home visiting, not only to residences but also other settings where children are fed (day care, schools, etc.). Our very successful outreach program helps patients’ families access essentials such as nutritious foods, clothing, transportation, proper housing and other fundamental necessities.
These special outreach services are the key to our clinic’s success and survival and depend entirely on donations from the private sector.
There are additional people getting in touch to donate, so another run will be made as well.
I have so much to say about how cool this experience was, but I’ll save that for another post. The major take-away: Figuring out how to help is better than giving up. Reading too much crap on the internet about how we’re all doomed isn’t good for the soul if you’re not going to do something positive to counteract it. Also, in general, people are great and want to be of service to those who might need a hand.
I’m so thankful to all of you.