There's Still Time To Make a Difference

Tuesday, December 23, 2008
DwB reader Shirin let me know that one of the charities we profiled a few weeks back--"Adopt-A-Family by Brighter Beginnings"--is in desperate need for donations before Christmas. Some of the families who promised to provide books and toys as presents to kids have dropped out at the last minute. There's still time for you to make a huge difference in a kid's life this holiday season just by donating some of the baby parapheneila you have lying around your house. More information below, and you can call Jody at 510-903-7533:

Adopt-A-Family by Brighter Beginnings
Brighter Beginnings is a United Way organization that provides resources and help for young children and their families in need. This rewarding charity program couldn’t be simpler, and it’s a little like becoming Santa Claus.

First, pick a family or individual online by reading about them. (For example, “Doria is a single mom of 2 boys, ages 6 months and 2 years. She comes from a broken home and grew up primarily in foster care. She is currently living in shared housing because she cannot afford her own place. She recently gave birth to a son and is unable to work due to health problems.”) You’ll see their wishlist, which often involves things like diapers, warm clothing, formula and toys. It’s up to you how much or how little you’d like to give.

Buy the items, or give unused items from your kid’s closet, and drop them off at a location near you. My friend who did this last year received a sweet letter from the family she had adopted expressing their appreciation. It’s a personal way of giving, you know that your entire gift will go straight to the person in need, and you can even involve your kids in it.
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