The West End Mom
Covid-19 Crisis: Three Ways to Help Families & Children
Let's be real: people are stressed. There is a lot of uncertainty right now. We are at home-during a crisis, trying to cope and make sense of the situation - something that no one has ever gone through before. As parents, we are coping with new stressors too; we are trying to work from home and teach our children from home.
One thing that has helped my family during this time is helping others.
During a crisis, children are the secondary victims, and as a space for moms and families, I wanted to share three local charities that help children and their families specifically.
1. Little Hands: This local nonprofit that "makes sure babies in Central Virginia have the essentials to thrive from Day 1." They accept new and gently used items like diapers, wipes, and baby clothes from newborn to 4T. They also accept items for mothers like maternity socks and nursing gear. There are 7 donation bins around Richmond, and they are all "social distancing" safe. You can also visit their Amazon Wish List and send something while you are at home.
2. Celebrate RVA: This local nonprofit celebrates children on their birthday. They provide disadvantaged children with memorable, safe and fun celebrations. You can donate party supplies and items from their Amazon Wish List.
3. Virginia Kids Belong: This local nonprofit works to find permanency and belonging for every child. Working with the government, businesses, faith based organizations, and local leaders, Virginia Kids Belong helps to "ensure that every child is in a loving home by: recruiting more foster and adoptive families, engaging wrap-around support for at-risk, foster & adoptive families along the way, and helping youth who have aged out without a family reach their full potential." They are currently in need of Foster Care Survival Kits. You can drop off kit items, order supplies on line, or drop off/mail gift cards.