At Stripey Stork we are always appreciative of the time you spend sorting out your donations and thought we would write a blog to let you know how the process works, how to make sure that your items reach us when we’re able to accept them, and that they’re in good clean condition.
We update our wish list blog monthly so be sure to have a look at the current version to make sure we’re in need of what you would like to donate. Our rule of thumb is that if your items are in good enough condition to give to your best friend and the items are on our current wish list, we’ll happily take them.
Please don’t bring us things that we can’t accept or are not on our current list. Space is at a premium and unfortunately we have to pay to have waste taken away.
Here are our five top tips:
- Wash clothes that have been in storage (there is nothing better than for the end recipient to receive them with that “just washed” smell and it means they can dress their child in them straight away! Such a lovely gift to receive!), and sort into gender and age group – you can do this easily by putting them into plastic bag with a sticky label on the outside of it. This saves our volunteers a huge amount of time and is very much appreciated. We love this blog from our friends at St Kilda Mums in Australia, who explain about the love felt when a bundle of freshly washed clothes is received by a Mum in need.
- Check our opening days/times. We are not currently resourced to collect items, so you will need to be able to drop your items off to us at Trafford Building, Quarryside Business Park, Thornton Side, Redhill, RH1 2LJ, or team up with a friend who can bring your items along with theirs. Our usual donation days are on Wednesdays but if you have any problems getting to us then, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can arrange to receive them on a different day.
- If you have equipment such as a cot-bed, make sure you have all fittings and instructions. They are often available online, please look for them and print out for us. From a health and safety point of view it is imperative that we can provide these instructions for assembly and/or use to the end recipient so they can use them safely. There is not often anyone around to help the family assemble the item, so it’s essential that it’s made as straightforward as possible.
- Puzzles and toys – please make sure they’re clean and all the pieces are there. You can secure them by putting them in a bag or putting an elastic band around the box. A good way to bring peg puzzles is wrapped in clingfilm so none of the pieces drop out while in storage awaiting their new family.
- When you come and drop off, be sure to sign up to our mailing list as this is the best way to keep up to date with what’s going on at Stork HQ. You can also sign up below.
We know it’s not easy to give away your items sometimes, they can be attached to such amazing memories and be hard to let go, so here are some quotes from our referral sources to explain just how much your donations mean to the families they’re supporting:
“Knowing people care enough to help has a fantastic impact on self-esteem and confidence. Providing needed items for a family struggling to make ends meet through no fault of their own makes a big difference. They are always very grateful for everything provided – cleanliness etc – eases the burden massively.”
“Money saved by not having to buy these items has been spent on fuel for their homes and food for their children.”
“Providing clothing and equipment can significantly improve a parent’s ability to cope with the other difficulties they may be facing, such as financial, housing or health challenges.”
Thanks for reading, we couldn’t do what we do without all of you.