Birds are chirping again. Tulips have bloomed, and trees are budding with life. Springtime is incredibly refreshing, and it’s a great season to tackle home projects like spring cleaning. As you clean, sort, and purge, you might realize that you have baby items you don’t need anymore. They’re still in great shape, and you know that someone could get some wonderful use out of them.
But what can you do with your baby items now that COVID-19 safety guidelines have limited what people will purchase used and what can be donated? There are many families in need of material support right now. May we suggest donating as many eligible items as possible?
In this article, we will offer solutions regarding where you can take your baby items and have the joy of knowing they will be appreciated by moms who chose life for their babies.
The Need Is Great
Women usually choose abortion due to a combination of several reasons. Yet, many women cite a lack of resources as the primary reason they choose abortion.
Imagine discovering you and your partner are unexpectedly pregnant, and you don’t have income due to the layoffs over the past year. You also don’t have others in your life to help you financially. In circumstances like this, women may feel they don’t have pregnancy options that seem viable to them.
Now imagine being in this situation, but you learn there are places you can go to receive the material assistance you need to follow your heart and continue your pregnancy. When women have this kind of support, it can prevent them from making a permanent abortion decision driven by a fear of being unable to provide for their child. For this reason, Caring Network offers places you can take your baby items. This gesture may seem nominal to you, yet it provides tremendous hope for women facing an unplanned pregnancy.
Where To Take Your Baby Items
Caring Network Cubes, baby showers, and “baby bank” material goods programs help fulfill Caring Network’s mission to provide emotional, spiritual, and practical support to empower women to choose life. Here we’ll discuss various options about where to take your baby items.
Caring Network Cubes
Caring Network supplies baby goods to families in need through our centers and baby banks at our partner churches. A Caring Network Cube is a container that your church keeps on-site to collect donated baby items.
After your spring cleaning project, you can bring your baby items to your church if you have a cube available. If your church doesn’t have a cube but wants to keep a Caring Network Cube on-site, we will be happy to supply one for you. You can contact Tracy for more information.
Caring Network Baby Banks
Caring Network partners with local churches that serve as “Caring Network Baby Banks” to support moms with unexpected pregnancies. If you have baby items to donate to one of our baby banks, please look over the following list to familiarize yourself with each location’s needs because they vary by location. Please note that certain items, such as clothing, may not be accepted at this time due to COVID-19 safety protocols.
You can drop your baby supplies off directly at each site. If you have questions on donations, please call the Glen Ellyn Administrative Office at 630-493-1340 for additional information.
1. Bridges Parenting Program at Oak Brook Community Church
Bridges is a free program designed for parents seeking assistance during pregnancy and early childhood years. The goal of Bridges is to provide material goods as well as practical classes and spiritual mentoring. Parents receive needed supplies as they participate in the program.
Bridges Parenting Program currently accepts the following items:
- Enfamil formula
- Baby lotion
- Baby shampoo
- Clothing (new and gently used)
- Toys (new and gently used)
- Books (new and gently used)
- Baby bouncers
- Cribs and other large item baby goods — please call before bringing large items to make sure they have room to store them.
Baby items are accepted at the church Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm, but please call to confirm before dropping them off.
Oak Brook Community Church
31st Street and Midwest Road
2. Itasca Baby Bank at Christian Fellowship Church
The Itasca Baby Bank is located at Christian Fellowship Church.
Christian Fellowship Church
152 E Devon Ave
Itasca, IL 60143
The Itasca Baby Bank accepts:
- Baby lotion
- Baby shampoo
Since drop-off times vary, please call before you bring baby items to the church to make sure someone is available to receive your donations.
3. Naperville Baby Bank at Naperville Presbyterian Church
The Naperville Baby Bank currently accepts diapers and wipes. You can drop these items off at:
Naperville Presbyterian Church
943 Sanctuary Lane
Naperville, IL 60540
Drop-off times vary. Please call before you drop off to make sure someone is available at the church to receive your donations.
4. Wheaton Baby Bank at Church of the Resurrection
The Wheaton Baby Bank accepts the following items:
- Diapers (sizes newborn and 4-6)
- Diaper cream
- Baby lotion
- Baby soap
- Baby formula
Drop-off times vary at the Wheaton Baby Bank. Please call before you bring your donated items to make sure someone is available at the church to receive them.
Church of the Resurrection
935 W Union Ave
Wheaton, IL 60187
You Make a Difference!
Caring Network operates six pregnancy resource centers in the Chicagoland area, dedicated to serving women who are facing unexpected pregnancies. Through the support of families like yours in the community and our local churches, we can connect moms with ongoing resources that help meet immediate needs. If you’d like to learn more about how to get involved, contact us today!