Kids Stuff Swap
week because of my Saturday. A group I’m
involved with, Southeast Texas Moms, hosted a
“Kids Stuff Swap” benefit for one of our local
Rainbow Room charities.
The Rainbow Room is an emergency resource center available to CPS caseworkers to help them meet the critical needs of abused and neglected children.
It’s a great cause, and with so many of my parenting decisions being outside the ‘norm’, it was nice to have a chance to chat with the ladies who work with CPS in a non-traditional environment. There’s definitely a gap in communication among families who don’t follow mainstream methods and CPS’s role and authority. We’re looking at working with one of the coordinators in the near future to put on a workshop meeting help strengthen communication and help both sides understand each other a little better. I’m so glad that we were able to help support this organization. It was a really good day.
For several weeks before the event, we painted signs, passed out flyers and tried to get the word out (there was even a newspaper article about the event!). We had a ton of baby and little kids stuff – hopefully we can reach more moms with older kids and encourage them to participate more in the next one.
Saturday morning, I met with 4 other local moms and 5 of the Rainbow Room’s coordinators to take in donations and give moms & dads vouchers for their stuff to come back and shop with that afternoon. We took in donations from 8-11, then took an hour break to grab some lunch (McDonald’s NEVER tasted so good, lol) and then were open from 1-4:45 for shopping. We had over 50 families participate and sent a TON of kids’ gear and clothing to the Rainbow Room.
It was hard work – I’m sore and exhausted and a tiny bit sun-kissed, but worth it. We had to completely set up the space (including putting up clothing racks and shelves, and moving big landscaping rocks into more out-of-the-way piles). We were all sweat-soaked and completely bushed at the end of the day. We’re planning another one for sometime in November. Hopefully it will be cooler!
We start school tomorrow, so wish us luck!