Donations Sought For Baby Box Drive
Donations will benefit Many Mothers, a local non-profit organization that seeks to help new mothers across Northern New Mexico
A “Baby Box” donation drive organized by Del Norte Credit Union (DNCU), is underway to help provide new parents with the resources to make sure their baby is healthy, happy and safe. , The DNCU baby box donation drive began on June 15 and will end on August 31. The end goal is to fill as many baby boxes as possible with essential items for newborns, and present them to Many Mothers. Items include: Diapers, Wipes, Diaper Ointment, Onesies, Sleep Sack, Swaddle Blanket, Pacifier, Wash Cloth & Towel, Baby Wash, Bi-lingual book & Toy, Bottles, Nursing Supplies, New and Gently used clothing up to six months, New and Gently used baby equipment, and anything else for babies under six months of age. Community members can drop off donations at any DNCU location.
The Baby Box donation table at DNCU in Espanola. Courtesy photos
“Looking at these baby boxes reminded us of how impactful it could be to help out,” noted Chuck Valenti, DNCU President/CEO. “We appreciate the dedication that organizations like Many Mothers have to our communities. They are truly improving lives, and that is why we decided to fill as many boxes as we can for new mothers and the new additions to our community.” DNCU’s mission is to improve lives in our communities.
Many Mothers is an organization specializing in mental, physical and emotional support for new mothers in Los Alamos, Española, and Santa Fe County. The organization also supports mothers with educational talks on proper ways to care for a newborn. They advocate for a safe space for the newborn to sleep in. According to several health organizations, an estimated 3,500 infants die each year from deaths related to sleep. Some of these include suffocation, asphyxiation, and other preventable deaths.
This is why Many Mothers offers cardboard baby boxes filled with essential items for the mothers they are working with. These baby boxes come with a fitted (and cozy) mattress for the newborn to sleep in.
“It’s challenging to be the parent of a new baby. Many Mothers’ incredible volunteers and staff are the 21st century village who are available to help hold the baby, answer questions, wash dishes, fold laundry, and just be there for exhausted and sometimes overwhelmed parents,” says Nancy Guthrie, Many Mothers Executive Director.
About Many Mothers
Many Mothers strengthens communities by providing vital support at the pivotal time when a new baby joins a family. Trained and vetted volunteers share their expertise to help a family with its practical, educational, and emotional concerns. Mothers are physically renewed and psychologically empowered to meet the daily challenges of raising a family. Family members are supported in attachment and in bonding which is critical to a child’s life-long physical and emotional development. Many Mothers’ “village” approach to family support creates a brighter future for our children and our communities.
About Del Norte Credit Union
Chartered in 1954, Del Norte Credit Union is dedicated to helping its members achieve their financial goals by being a trusted source of unbiased financial advice. Today DNCU serves more than 49,000 members throughout New Mexico.