Do I need to be wealthy to make a donation?
No. There are many ways to contribute to our project. We accept donations of baby items, your time and your money. If you don’t have baby items or money to donate, you can help us out by donating your time in one of our volunteer roles. Or if you would like to donate money, even giving $1 can help. To learn more about your donation options visit our here.
Can I be a donor if I only have a few baby items to give?
Yes. We know that not all donors have a full set of baby clothing from newborn-18 months, plus one big ticket item and three or more baby items to give. To fix this, we have created the option for you to drop off your donation to one of our province-wide drop spots or for you to apply to ‘Make One Gift‘ and pick up the supplies you need from our stock to complete your gift.
I have a donation of baby items to donate but I am unable to drop off it off to one of your locations, what do I do?
Since we are a volunteer operated project we hope most donors are able to drop off items, but under the right circumstances we have Delivery Coordinators who may be available to pick up from you if. Contact us and provide us with a) what items you have to donate b) your pick up address c) your preferred method to be contacted d) how soon do you need the donation picked up and e) is your donation from a smoke and bed-bug free home?
How will we know what to provide the gift applicant we get matched with?
We will email you their application form, which includes a list of the items they need the most as well as items they would be happy to accept, and items they don’t need. Upon contact with the family, you can confirm any additional questions you may have with them. Please know that there is no pressure to provide the entire list of needed items for the family, as they are told that it is a wish list and that we try out best to make each gift consistent and include a set of baby clothes from sizes newborn-18 months, one ‘wish list’ item, at minimum three other baby items and if applicable, a big sibling gift.
How long will it take to be matched with a family in need?
You can expect to be matched within one week . This doesn’t mean you need to have your gift ready in one week, just that we will email you the family’s info.
I am making a gift but don’t have enough clothes and/or baby items to make a complete gift, what do I do?
Ask your social network if they have items or money to purchase items to contribute. It is better for the environment to reuse items, so feel free to purchase second hand baby items, as long as the items are from a smoke-free, bedbug-free home. Places like Kijiji or Used Winnipeg, or many Facebook buy/swap/sell groups can be useful to find large amounts of clothing and items for great prices. Also, we may have extra stock of items at our Drop Spot locations. Contact us to inquire.
If we send YCSAB a photo of the completed gift to use on social media will it be anonymous?
It is totally up to you. We love including pictures of completed gifts on our Facebook page, but if you want to remain anonymous we will respect your wishes. Many donors enjoy writing a few sentences expressing the sentiments of why they decided to volunteer with YCSAB. If the photo includes the gift applicants, we would need for them to give verbal or written consent to post the photo.
Will you advertise for our business on your website/Facebook page if we make a donation?
If you would like your donation publicly acknowledged, please contact us to discuss the details. In the past, we have either made a post on our Facebook page or added your business to our website under ‘Partners’. Occasionally we aren’t comfortable posting a link, if the website isn’t aligned with our projects values, but we are happy to discuss that with you if that arises.
How do you know that the families who receive gifts are really in need?
The simple answer is that we don’t know. You Can’t Spoil A Baby has decided against asking recipients for specific income information or for proof of income. Instead we simply ask, ‘Are you in financial need?’ If the answer is yes, as defined by that person, we proceed to find out what they need for their baby.
We do this to:
- Build trust with recipients. Our recipients are experts in their own lives so we have chosen to trust them to know if they need financial help. We don’t believe that poverty is as simple as an income level. While income plays a large role in people’s quality of life, so does the ability to have personal choice and control;
- Ensure that families receive our gift when they need it, not just when their income information and paperwork becomes verified, or once a family gets the proper I.D. to fill out forms; and to simplify our project.
Steps we take to help put donor families/groups at ease:
- We remind gift recipients that our project is for families who are in financial need and for those who have no other way to provide for their baby. This reminder ensures that people are self-evaluating their level of need.
- When a family or advocate isn’t sure if they should apply, our website provides a list of sample families we are hoping to help.
- Approximately half of our gifts go to families who have been referred by a social service or health advocate and therefore their financial situation has been assessed and found to be a fit for our project.
- Even though we don’t ask for income information, many of our recipients share with us what poverty looks like for them. Those who express their appreciation often tell us how this gift means a huge amount to them, not only because of the financial help but because the gift validates their worth and their baby’s worth.
Is your project faith-based?
We believe that all parents deserve support regardless of their religious or lack of religious beliefs. We support all families.
If you still have a question please contact us.