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Day 151: How to Change the World with a Bath!

I love my volunteer job. I can do it on my own time, when I choose and if I can fit it into my schedule. I help Mom’s in need and the call to action recently, have been Mom’s that have just had a new baby. My call to action came today and I put a few things aside to get a new Mom a bath.

Day 151: Give 151

The organization I volunteer with is called Spectrum. I have posted about them often as the call for help seems to be coming more often right now. It seems to be birthing season and babies are being born that will not have all the benefits that my son had when he was born and he went into foster care for the first few weeks of his life until we adopted him. Ever since we adopted, I have wanted to help other Mom’s that need an extra hand to get going and I have found my calling with Spectrum. I help to provide everything from cloths, to Christmas dinner to even baby baths.

My call to action is today is for a Mom I have never met and most likely never will. She can’t afford a lot for her child and I knew she was in need of cloths and she had put in a request for a baby bath. Nothing complicated just a basic item that many of us never even think twice about. I was planning on handing my own over as I no longer use it and even though we are hoping for a second child I felt she needed it more than my basement did right now while we were waiting to adopt again.

I dug around my basement but my husband had buried it somewhere with all the other baby gear. I needed to get the baby bath delivered to this women’s volunteer doula today so I decided a quick trip to good old Walmart would serve the purpose.

My son came home so fast when we adopted him I didn’t have the time to do a shopping spree for all the items I needed and had picked up a baby bath at a local Thrift Store for $2.00. It suited me and him just fine but I decided this Mom, who had very little to start with deserved that special model. I got the special bath with all the bells and whistles from a contoured shape, foam bottom, built in plug and even some special swing that hold the baby in place to make bath time a little easier. It was the BMW of baby baths. I couldn’t stop just at the bath and picked up a large supply of baby wipes and a stack of new born diapers. Just the thought of a Mom not being able to afford to have some basic items for her baby hits home for me and the extra few dollars I spent gave me peace of mind.

A quick run to the doula’s house to drop two bags of infant cloths (handed to me by a Mom that was finished with them) a bath, diapers and wipes and my GIVE of the Day was done. I slept well last night knowing another baby would be warn and dry. It may have only been a bath to me but to a new Mom it would have been a great gift.

I am always looking for all kinds of items for Mom’s in need if you live in Vancouver please send me a note and I am happy to pick up gently used baby items any time.

Time Commitment: 45 minutes

Cost: $40.00

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