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Please sign your church or business up for our "Fill the Manger" program!
November through January are the crisis months for many service
providers because of the onset of damp, chilly weather and the holidays.
It's also the end of the year, when the donations and inventory are
typically low. Thanks to our 'Fill the Manger' program, we are able to
restock shelves in the rough months with diapers, baby wash, blankets,
and clothing. (We also accept new and gently used cribs, pack n plays.)
A manger can be large or small. If you are interested in starting one in
your workplace, faith community, or elsewhere, we will be happy to help
you get started. We can provide you with a list of items, and suggestions
for collecting . Baskets for Babies, "Fill the Manger" program, was built
from the idea of Seattle's Baby Corner, Crib Communities. The Baby
Corner began in 1988 as a simple cardboard box placed in St. Joseph
Church on Capitol Hill., in Seattle, WA. The box was soon replaced by a
white crib, making St. Joseph the first Crib Community, whose members regularly donate infant and toddler items to the Baby Corner. Since 1988, the Baby Corner has acquired several more local Crib Communities. Thanks to Danny Siegel, who founded Ziv Tzedakah Fund, the Baby Corner's crib program has also served as the model for Mitzvah Cribs in synagogues and Jewish communal agencies across the nation.
“Fill the Manger” is important because it provides a renewed stream of in-kind donations to Baskets for Babies. Participants also benefit because their own members are providing an opportunity to teach young children about compassion, as well as service opportunities for older children. Sponsoring a crib is also a great, socially responsible way to recycle usable clothing and equipment. Any way you look at it, it's a rewarding enterprise for everyone involved!
If you would like to participate in the "Fill the Manger" program, we strive to make it a painless process:
* We provide a sturdy, used crib with side rails
* There must be a location where the drop site is accessible.
* Our volunteers will pickup donations.
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