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311: Babies Don’t Come with Instruction Manuals

Parents have the tough job of a new  baby, and babies don’t come with instruction manuals. Wish they did! But you can help out new parents with a small gift when they bring home their new little one. I call it Buy to Give. It’s that simple. I love to buy gifts for the people in my life that are important to me. How do I make my dollars count? What if it was something as simple as a baby blanket.

Day 311: Give 311

We all have a friends or relatives that give birth to a new baby. Giving a baby gift is a tradition – actually a multi mlillion dollar business. I received so many beautiful gifts from friends and family when we brought our son home. (my son was adopted so the pre baby – baby shower was out). We felt very loved and very lucky to be given so many cute cloths, books and other gift items. In the past I have given gifts to my friends having a baby like a cleaning lady for a day. New Mom’s need all the help they can get. This time I have the perfect gift for a friend giving birth as I write.

I got an email from a women this week by the name the of Shanelle Mullin. Shanelle’s company Spark Boutique works very closely with an organization called Information Blanket. What if buying a new baby blanket as a gift could give to Mother’s and babies they may not even have the luxury of a clean new blanket?

This give is in honour of my friends Heather and Neil who as I write this are giving birth to twins today! I know they will love this giving gift. SHHH, don’t tell them but I have purchased an Information Blanket as a gift. One blanket for them and one for a baby in Uganda. Here is how it works:

This blanket covers all the things we need and a mother in Uganda needs to help care for a child:

Educational:basic care for the child is imprinted directly on the blanket

Environmentally Friendly: Non toxic dies

Baby friendly: The perfect swaddle size for warmth and comfort of a new born

The perfect gift for parents that want to make their child’s birth matter. It’s not a hard decision put your money where it will truly make a difference.

Thanks Shanelle for the perfect giving gift for my friends twins. It’s remarkable how your company is supporting such a worth cause in Uganda.

Time Commitment: 2 minutes to order

Cost: $40 (in the US extra for Canadian shipping)

What people are saying about 365give

“I wanted to express my gratitude for the teaching you provided today. Your message was delivered eloquently, compassionately, and without judgment. The kids were engaged, and now have knowledge with which they can change the world. We all appreciated how you took the time to help us learn to build positive mindsets and practice happiness.”
Shelley Gardner, Grade 6 Ridgeview Elementary (West Vancouver)
“Actions really do speak louder than words, which is why I believe the 365give Challenge has resonated throughout my community. Every give we do is so important to us and leaves us happier and appreciating our lives a little bit more than before.”
Mahina Niyozova (Tajikistan)
“After watching the 365give TEDx Talk, I was inspired to join and begin a daily giving program in India. Today, along with 12 other volunteer women, we provide 100 meals to local underprivileged children in Bangalore for school every day.”
Deepika Ahuja, Mom (Bangalore, India)
“My life has greater meaning now.”
Renate Jorge, @BeKindBrazil and 365give Member, Family Program (Brazil)
“I just wanted to share that 365give really helped me. I am a better person now, thank you.”
MayLee, 365give Member, Individual Program
“This 365give Challenge has really injected excitement and extra enthusiasm in each work day as I think about what we can do. It has motivated me and the students.”
Cristina Peters, School Counselor (New York City, USA)
“I have seen a huge shift in energy throughout my classroom since doing the 365give Challenge. The Challenge has empowered my students to make a positive difference in the school’s community and beyond.”
Cella Adriana, Special Needs Educator /The Holliswood School (New York City, USA)
“The 365give Challenge helps students understand their impact on others. It opens avenues for introducing and discussing global and local issues in classrooms. It is powerful to watch students of all ages think about how they can make a change in another person’s life with one small act.”
Jessica Hall, Primary Teacher, French Immersion at École Pauline Johnson (West Vancouver, Canada)