It may be Valentine’s Day tomorrow but I think there is a a much better way to spread the love this weekend. And, that is by donating your unused or outgrown baby blankets and clothes to these great charity appeals.
Admit it how many outgrown baby items have you kept hold of – maybe meaning to hand down to friends, sell or take to the charity shop? Yet, it’s still all cluttering up your storage cupboard or in the spare room.
Well, why not put your Valentine’s day to good use and send some love from one mother to another?There is two campaigns running at the moment that I think are the perfect way to have a little clear-out yet, help another family in need.
* Dettol Baby Blanket Donation *
Fronted by pop star and mum of two Rachel Stevens the Dettol campaign aims to highlight the dangers of bacteria on baby blankets as well as the lack of blankets for families in need.
The campaign is simple you just need to send a blanket (details below), where it will then be washed using Dettol Anti-Bacterial Laundry cleanser. This new cleanser can kill up to 99.9% of bacteria even washing as low as 15°C – so, no worries about shrinking those precious blankets either.
Rachel has commented:
“The Dettol Baby Blanket Donation really resonated with me as a mum. Iremember bringing my girls home for the first time in theirs and what a special time that was. Many babies across the world will never get the chance to experience the comfort of a warm, cleanblanket. That’s the reason why I’m supporting the campaign, asking mums to donate blankets to those in need so that those babies don’t miss out.”
What’s more Dettol will donate £1 for every blanket collected to the charity Sparks
For more information and the free post address visit here (be quick as campaign ends this weekend!)
* JoJo Maman Bebe From a mother to another *
Working with Barnardo’s family centres – high street store JoJo Maman Bebe is asking us to sort through those outgrown clothes and give a gift from ‘one mother to another.’
All you need to do is donate 6-12 items (that suit one gender, age and season) and package up in a bag or box with the downloadable label found online (details below). The clothes just need to make up a few outfits and be clean, undamaged and folded. This is a list of what they can and can’t accept. Then just drop-off to your nearest store.
And, one of the nice parts is the items will be sorted, wrapped and re-packaged in gift boxes before being handed to the Barnardo’s centres.
This means for struggling families they are getting a lovely ‘gift’ that has a little more thought than just a donated bag of clothes – and in turn you helping to stop the shocking landfill from used clothing.
As another thank you, you’ll be handed a money-off coupon to spend in store. So, its is a gift from one mother to another and back again.
This campaign runs until 30th April for more information visit here
Now doesn’t all that feel better than some overpriced flowers and chocolates?