Kids grow fast! Babies grow even faster. In the first year of a baby’s life, they go through so many clothes that they sometimes barely wear an outfit before it no longer fits. I was lucky to have several hand-me-downs to keep up with the many new sizes they needed. Once my kids outgrew their clothes, I made sure they went to good homes. Some went to friends with younger kids, others went to a charity garage sale, and a lot of baby clothes went to the local chapter of today’s organization.
Loved Twice started in 2005 when Lisa Klein responded to an online community appeal for donations of baby clothing after Hurricane Katrina. Lisa had just had her first child and was deeply moved to contribute. She rallied together with other San Francisco Bay Area mothers to collect 200 pounds of clothing for babies in Louisiana in just four days! While she was mailing the collected onesies, swaddling blankets, and other donated newborn clothing, she realized that this simple process of recycling gently used baby clothing could be spread nationwide to help provide for infants in need.
The mission of Loved Twice is to clothe America’s Newborns-in-need with quality recycled baby clothing for the first year of life. They are based in the San Francisco Bay Area, but they have “mail to” locations across the Unites States to help spread their donations.
Since their founding, they have grown into an effective organization embraced by the communities they serve. According to a 2010 report by the Children’s Defense Fund, 2,962 babies are born into poverty each day in the United States. Since 2005, Loved Twice has clothed 5,759 newborns with over 430,000 garments at an estimated retail value of almost $1.3 million. Loved Twice is making a difference to those babies by providing them with clothing. At the same time, they are reducing waste by encouraging people to reuse and recycle baby clothing and supplies. They have kept over 57,000 pounds of clothing out of landfills. You can watch the video below watch them in action:
Loved Twice collects and distributes baby clothes in sizes up to 12 months. Blankets, hats, socks, bibs and board books are welcome too. However clothing for older children as well as other baby supplies are not collected. The clothing is distributed through social service agencies to ensure it gets to those who need it most.
How can you help?
- Tax deductible donations are accepted via their website to help clothe more babies.
- Their website provides all the details for running a baby clothing drive to help newborns-in-need in your local community.
- You can also mail clothes to one of the Loved Twice partners throughout the United States. You can find an updated list on their website.
- In addition, you can join other supporters of Loved Twice by signing up to be a campaigner in the Grand Baby Campaign where volunteers each raise $1000. The organization provides the support with over 100 fundraising ideas and the materials you need to be successful.