I’m lucky to have a mother-in-law who loves to spoil her grandchildren. She single-handedly outfitted my baby with enough clothes for her first two years of life. And because she is such an expert at finding good deals, I actually have more than enough clothes. So I keep the tags on them and only remove them when I absolutely need an outfit. As a result, I already have a huge surplus of brand new baby clothes that my little one is too big to wear. I’m talking 5 grocery bags full of clothes.
So the big question is what to do with them. I am resisting my initial temptation to just return them for store credit and buy some other super cute outfits that I don’t really need. Instead, I am choosing to fulfill Good Deed #3 and donate the clothing to a worthy cause.
There are tons of opportunities for donating baby clothes. Women’s shelters, pregnancy centers, teen mother programs and organizations that assist low-income families are just a few. Places like Goodwill and the Salvation Army are always looking for donations. You could choose an international organization that sends supplies to children in impoverished countries. Or donate to victims of a natural disaster who may have lost everything, such as those families affected by Hurricane Sandy.
I am choosing to donate to CHIP (Children’s Health Improvement Program), an organization that works to improve the health and well-being of local low-income children. I am confident that they will find the right home for these lovely clothes.
If any of you have suggestions for great charities to share with others reading this post, please comment below.