Black Friday. Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday.
What is #GivingTuesday?
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their Christmas and end-of-year giving.
For #GivingTuesday 2017, the PRC is collecting donations to fill a layette, the “baby shower in a basket” that we gift to our clients who complete a section of our Earn While You Learn pregancy and parenting classes. For clients like Addie, whose story is in the tab below, this layette can be a huge encouragement.
Extravagant Joy: Addie's Story
Squeals of joy, laughter and the sound of feet jumping up and down echoed throughout the hallways of the center. It was Addie*, one of our first time moms, receiving her layette basket full of baby clothes, diapers, blankets, toiletries, and more. She was ecstatic.
Around their due date, we give these layettes to each of our clients who complete a section of our Earn While You Learn program. We have never seen anyone so happy to receive one as Addie was! It was a party indeed as she hugged us, telling us she loved us and how she couldn’t thank us enough for everything.
“I can’t tell you how much this has meant to me,” Addie said. “You’ve made this fun. You didn’t just treat me like another girl who got pregnant.”
Addie had come to us months ago for her pregnancy test, and at that time she was very uncertain of her child’s future. She was a senior in college and had big plans. While the nurse performed an ultrasound to determine how far along she was, Addie asked anxiously, “Is it alive?” When the nurse replied that it was, Addie began to cry. As we talked afterward, it was evident that the excitement in her was beginning to build. She was seriously considering parenting but wanted to talk with her boyfriend before fully making a decision.
Within a few weeks Addie was back at the center to begin her Earn While You Learn classes. Now in her second trimester, she wanted to go back and make sure she watched all of the first trimester classes; she was intent on not missing anything. Over the course of the next few months, as her story continued to unfold, we learned that the father of the baby was uncertain about a parenting choice for them and preferred adoption. Addie had wrestled with this choice herself before she had told her family, but once her family expressed their overwhelming support of her decision to parent, Addie felt like she could do it. She made the choice to parent, even if the baby’s father didn’t feel like he could join her, and she was confident in her choice.
Addie continued coming to her classes faithfully, building great relationships with her client advocates. One day she came into the center, bouncing around, trying to contain her excitement until she couldn’t hold it in anymore and burst out, “It’s a girl!” The day before she left to go home to have the baby, when she picked up her basket, hugs, excitement and smiles abounded all around. She has promised to send pictures and visit once her daughter is born so we can celebrate with her once again!
*name changed to protect client confidentiality
What Items Go in a Layette?
Each layette basket is a lined with a large baby blanket and contains:
- 1 “Jesus Storybook” Bible
- 1 package of Newborn diapers (or appropriate size) – Huggies, Luvs, or Pampers
- 2 packages of baby wipes
- 3 new outfits – newborn to 0-9 months
- 8 Onesies
- A few pairs of socks
- 2 Bibs
- 1 Hat
- 2 Sleepers
- 1 Large Blanket
- 3 Receiving Blankets
- Washcloths and Hooded towel
- Baby toiletry items (diaper rash cream, lotion, oil, shampoo, etc.)
- Stuffed Animal
- Miscellaneous items: diaper sacks, toys, hair clips, etc.
How Can I Help?
This #GivingTuesday, you can help us fill a layette to encourage new moms like Addie who have bravely chosen life! Here are several ways you can do this:
- Go out with family members or friends and shop for items and drop them off at either of our clinics.
- Make a #GivingTuesday donation to the PRC using the button below:
- Check out our Target and Amazon registries using the buttons below. Order an item or items off these lists and they can be shipped directly to the PRC!
Thanks for considering partnering with us on this day of giving to help encourage new moms!