Guest post by Katherine Petrunia in 2014 & updated in 2021
As parents, we are always sorting through clothes and shoes that have never been worn (don’t you hate that?), are outgrown, or discarded for the next and latest trend in kiddie fashion. The novelty of toys is worn off as soon as the next must-have item hits the market (sometimes you haven’t even had time to recycle the packaging!) and baby gear is outgrown quickly as baby grows in leaps and bounds. If this sounds familiar and you’re looking to reclaim some valuable storage space and square-footage back from your kiddos, why not donate it and help a local family in need?
Instead of tossing it in the trash (admit it, we all have our lazy moments!), trying to pass it on to a girlfriend with equally limited space and clutter fever, or trying to schlep it on a swap site or Craigslist, drop needed items off at BabyGoRound, a local Vancouver non-profit that serves families in need.
Started by Jennifer Randall Nelson, a mom of three who wanted to find a meaningful way to pass on the items their families no longer needed, BabyGoRound collects and distributes new and gently used baby clothes, gear, and products to families in need with children from birth to four years of age. Located in Vancouver, BabyGoRound is a not-for-profit that has been helping low-income families since the fall of 2013. On average, the organization assists 55 families per month by distributing 5,500 items such as clothing and equipment. To date, they have helped over 950 families.
Currently working with 85 social service agencies in the Lower Mainland, the organization manages distribution of items with the help of community partners. BabyGoRound organizes pick up from donors homes and ensures the items are then distributed to families who may not otherwise be able to afford them.
Other opportunities (for non-COVID times) to become involved include hosting a drive for in-demand items, hosting a baby shower where donations are requested in lieu of gifts or hosting a special event where donors can contribute items or funds.
BABYGOROUND DROP OFF DATES FOR JANUARY 2021
Upcoming Contactless Donation drop off dates are January 11, 25, and 30 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm in the alley behind their Kingsway location at the back door.
Katherine Petrunia is a wife and Mom, who blogs at Our Happy Place Named one of Top 30 Vancouver Mom Bloggers, Katherine’s blog offers up recipes, & DIY ideas.
Harriet Fancott is the Editor and Social Media Manager for Vancouver Mom. She has over 20 years experience in the arts, tech and mom-based blogging arenas. She lives in East Vancouver with her husband and son where they enjoy exploring all that Vancouver has to offer from festivals and events to playgrounds and beaches to sushi and ice cream (although not together).