Donation drive helps Greenwich families

Mothers for Others, a town organization, is holding a donation drive to collect gently used baby equipment, children’s clothing, toys and games from local families.

The items will be distributed to less fortunate families in the greater Greenwich area throughout the fall and the organization works closely with Family Centers, Inc. and Greenwich Social Services to identify families that need the most help. As the winter months approach, the organization specifically needs coats and boots as well as items that the organization cannot accept as new, such as car seats, diapers, wipes, socks and underwear.

Since the spring of 2010, Mothers for Others has collected hundreds of thousands of toys, clothing and equipment that has helped more than five hundred families in the Greenwich, Stamford and Port Chester areas. And because of surplus donations, the organization has also been able to help families in Haiti, Columbia, South Dakota, Afghanistan, and those affected by Hurricane Irene.

 

The organization will continue its efforts throughout 2013, lending support to local families and offering children and families the chance to volunteer and help other families in the community.

“Mothers for Others is an invaluable resource that is greatly appreciated by the families who benefit from receiving donations of baby gear, clothing and toys for their children. It is also a great resource for our caseworkers who are trying to meet the needs of their clients,” said Alison Brush, community gifts program coordinator for Greenwich Social Services.

Community involvement is the cornerstone of Mothers for Others. Last spring the Junior League of Greenwich gave a $2,500 grant to help the organization with start-up expenses and the Greenwich Silver Shield Association regularly donates new infant car seats. Local preschools, including The Preschool at Second Congregational Church, Children’s Day School, Christ Church Nursery School and Putnam Indian Field School have also held donation drives on behalf of the organization.

Volunteers, ranging in ages from five to 75 help sort donations and prepare them for distribution to local families every week.

Donations may be dropped off at Second Congregational Church, located at 139 East Putnam Avenue. The sorting room is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon and the second Saturday of every month. Those wanting to help are encouraged to volunteer to sort and distribute donations.

For more information, or to arrange an appointment to have donations picked up, call 203-340-1259 or e-mail [email protected]

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