Two shirts, a pair of pants, pajamas, boots and a warm jacket. Cash4Books employees dedicated their Wednesday evening to Northwest Children’s Outreach, packing care bags teeming with items like those above for children in Portland and the surrounding communities. Each Cash4Books employee had the pleasure of sifting through donated clothing items, to choose outfits for girls and boys. Each child was also gifted with several books and toys. It was particularly fun to reminisce over titles and games of our pasts.
Theresa, our Accounts Payable Specialist, has been volunteering with the Northwest Children’s Outreach over the past year, and brought this wonderful organization to the attention of Cash4Books employees. “I initially volunteered at NW Children’s Outreach to expose my children to doing something for others,” said Theresa of her initial involvement with the organization. “I was shocked to learn how dire the need was for so many children locally, and how my efforts made a direct impact. The organization is 100% volunteer run and all donations go directly to the children. What a great idea!!”
Northwest Children’s Outreach works with local care providers who identify, meet directly with, and prescreen children in need. Arrangements are then made to acquire supplies through purchase and donations, which are sorted and packed by volunteers weekly.
“The other day I was lucky enough to get a child whose birthday was coming up. They save the nicest donations for birthday gifts. Knowing I was preparing a gift for a child that probably wasn’t getting anything else was incredibly rewarding. This organization is doing so much for those most vulnerable, and I’m so happy to do my part,” recounts Theresa.
As part of their mission, Northwest Children’s Outreach “stands in the gap” between poverty and caring agencies with resources to help children and the needs of their families. Serving children from infants through teenagers, they are always looking for donations of the following items:
- New or gently-used clothing (newborns to teens)
- Hygiene Products for Infants, Children and New Moms
- Feeding Products for Infants and Children (bowls, bottles, cups, eating utensils, bibs, etc.)
- Nursery Items (blankets, new cribs, crib sheets, changing pads, changing tables, infant towels, nursery furniture)
- Children’s Safety Products (new car seats, household safety products, childproofing equipment, etc.)
- Gift cards to grocery stores and/or stores with children’s products
- Toys and Books
For more information on the Northwest Children’s Outreach, its mission, or how to get involved, please visit their website at: http://www.northwestchildrensoutreach.org
Volunteer Match is a great resource to find charities and organizations that serve children in your area!