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Ready to Help Other Kids?

Host a Collection Drive for Room to Grow

DURATION

2-4 hours

WHERE

You choose the place: at home, at school, local business or place of worship

WHEN

All year long

WHOSE HELP IS REQUIRED

Class, scout troop, or other group of like-minded kids (although adult facilitation, and assistance with transportation, may be required))

HOW IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE

Room to Grow serves about 400 families raising babies in poverty. The items you collect will immediately go home with families in need of essential baby clothing, books, toys and gear. Many of these families would not have access to these items without your help.

DESCRIPTION

We need your help securing baby essentials for the Boston babies enrolled in Room to Grow's program. We accept new and nearly new clothing, books, toys and other baby essentials in truly excellent condition.


ITEMS NEEDED

1. Bins, baskets and/or boxes to collect items

2. Posters (Room to Grow staff can assist with ideas)

3. Computer/email to help promote your drive


SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS


NEXT STEPS

Decide when and where you will host your collection drive. Follow the detailed instructions, register your drive here. Contact Josh Tingley at josh.tingley@roomtogrow.org or (617) 859-4545, if you have any questions.


CONTACT INFO

(617) 859-4545

Sound like fun?VIEW INSTRUCTIONS to get started.

1. Decide what baby items to collect for Room to Grow. You can collect one type of thing, like books, or you can collect all items Room to Grow collects. (See the list below or click here for a full list of items. Our urgent needs list is accessible here.)

2. Choose a date (s) and location for your drive. Collection drives can last as long as you choose – from one week to one month – it is entirely up to you. Don't forget to register your drive with us too.

3. Make posters (or ask for help from Room to Grow), and spread the word!

4. Start collecting items. Have your bins accessible for deliveries if you are not available. You may want to check your bins periodically and clear them out, as necessary, to make room for additional donations.

5. When your drive is over, please work with a parent or friend who can help you bring the items to Room to Grow at 142 Berkeley Street, Boston. When you arrive, we will help unload the car, and then you can visit our space to learn more about Room to Grow and the children you are helping!

Additional Step:

6. If you collect several items, your group can help pre-sort the items if you want an additional activity. Divide the clothing, toys and books into different bags. Then, divide clothing by size.

You can host a drive to collect a range of items we accept or choose to run a drive with a focus on a specific item. Here are some ideas:

  • Shoes (infant to size 11)
  • Toys (appropriate for newborn to age 3)
  • Pajamas (up to size 5T)
  • Board Books
  • Winter coats (up to size 5T)
  • Clothes (sizes: infant to 5T)
  • Sippy cups, feeding supplies, and hygiene supplies (MUST BE NEW)

*Be sure to send us a picture of your collection drive. We would love to share what you've accomplished with others!

Sign up for this activity, add it to your logbook, and more in the YouthGive app!