Baby Gear Companies & Haiti Disaster Relief

Posted on: February 1, 2010

Now that I’m stirring a pot of trouble, I thought I’d open a place to share the GOOD news and random bits I find.

We’ll start with the stuff most relevant to my previous post on the Babies R Us Trade-In Event:

Toys R Us (BRU’s parent co) did make a very generous $150,000 donation to Save The Children in response to the disaster in Haiti.  In early stages of disaster relief, money probably is truly more helpful since it allows organizations to buy what they need and distribute it in a flexible manner.  However, we still wonder what is going to happen to all these traded-in pack n’plays. is getting in on the help, working with SkipHop and others to make % of sale donations to the Red Cross and Partners In Health.

Partners In Health specifically notes that blankets and tents are urgently needed in large supplies.  I wonder whether pack n’play and portacrib-type items qualify – seems like a good idea to get babies and little tots up off the ground.  (Perhaps I can find that out…)  The key of course is large supplies – which is why I thought this might be a good opportunity for Babies “R” Us and their Trade-In Sale…

Green To Grow, a fantastic company focusing on BPA-free and alternative plastics for children’s products has made a large donation of BPA-free bottles to Hands and Feet Project, an orphanage with two locations in Haiti.

Kids in Distressed Situations, or K.I.D.S. has been at work in Haiti for some time, and is accepting donations of baby gear and supplies from individuals and corporations.

From their site: K.I.D.S. is working with retailers and manufacturers to obtain donations of desperately needed new products and is asking the public for monetary support at for our long-term response to the children and families in Haiti affected by the earthquake.

I would urge any readers with connections to major retailers or baby companies to urge action, and provide such information to your contacts.

Here are some links:

Via Yahoo! Shine: Help for Haiti from Baby Gear Companies

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