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Monday, December 13, 2010

Loved Twice needs an Angel! Can you help?

When you donate 0-12 month clothing through us, most of it goes to a local charity called Loved Twice. They desperately need funding to keep going. Please think hard about any contacts you might have access to and could pass along to Lisa Klein, Founder and Executive Director.

Click HERE to go to the Loved Twice website to make a donation, every bit will help!

Here is a bit of information about Loved Twice. To receive the full find-raising packet, please email Lisa Klein through the Loved Twice website: click HERE

"Imagine a baby only 3 days old leaving the hospital headed straight to a shelter with little to keep her warm besides the hospital issued blanket. This is happening all the time, right here in the San Francisco Bay Area. It is the reason we started our nonprofit, Loved Twice.
OUR MISSION: We supply free baby clothes to underprivileged newborns. Since 2005 we have delivered an estimated $700,000 worth of gently used clothing to more than 3,500 newborns in the Bay Area. That’s 25,000 pounds of clothes! Considering a newborn onesie weighs just over one ounce, this significant volume has been saved from landfills and recycled back to the most precious among us. Keeping babies warm and reusing these items accomplishes two important purposes.
HOW WE STARTED: The idea for Loved Twice began in September 2005 when Founder Lisa Klein was watching the heartbreaking news of Hurricane Katrina. Katrina was especially devastating to disadvantaged mothers who simply needed to keep their babies warm. Just having had her first child, Lisa was deeply motivated to help. She found a posting on Craig’s List from a church in Louisiana requesting donations of baby clothes to help displaced newborns. By sending out one email, Lisa collected over 200 pounds of baby clothing in 4 days from her friends and neighbors and mailed them to the church. Witnessing the impact, Lisa realized this simple idea could be extended to an overwhelming local need. Lisa started collecting gently used baby clothes and made her first delivery to Highland Geneal Hospital in Oakland, CA. Donors and supporters spread the word of Lisa’s work via newspaper articles, blogs, and mothers groups. Every week Lisa had bags and bags of baby clothes dropped off at her doorstep by anonymous donors. Lisa set up official Loved Twice collection bins throughout the Bay Area to deal with the popularity of the organization. Loved Twice received 501c3 status in 2009.
HOW WE DO IT: Community members drop off gently used baby clothes to any of our 4 collection sites at popular children stores in Oakland, Lafayette, San Ramon and San Rafael. Volunteers then sort, fold, and lovingly pack the clothes into boutique boxes marked for boy or girl. These boxes are then distributed to over 30 local hospitals, prenatal clinics, shelters, and safe homes in underserved locations, who then give the boxes directly to new mothers in need. In addition, we also collect unsold merchandise from local children’s consignment stores. Each baby receives a box of 75 items, including newborn clothes, hats, socks, books, and a warm soft blanket. Each box also includes local childcare resources and a way to order a free new parent kit supplied by First 5 California."

- Melissa

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