- art supplies/manipulatives- to be used for therapy for children in primary school/jr. high
- rubber pants, all sizes- to be used for children with spina bifida/no bowel control
- clothes sizes 6+- these definitely can be gently used!
- cleft bottles- to be used with kids with cleft lip/palate
Enfamil sells a bulk box of 72 cleft-bottles for $144, so I will be collecting money to purchase these. These bottles really save lives, and are unavailable in China- here is a quote from one advocacy article on rainbowkids.com:
"It’s such a little thing. A $3.00 special bottle for infants who are born with cleft lip/palate. Here in the U.S., and throughout the industrialized world, these bottles are sent home with every family that gives birth to a child born with this craniofacial disorder. Unfortunately, these bottles are ONLY available in developed nations. For the thousands of infants born in developing nations and living in orphanages, their chances of survival without this $3.00 nurser, are about 10% or less."
In addition to collecting the above items from my MOMs Club, family, and friends, I am also collecting donations to sell at a garage sale this spring, with the proceeds to benefit this orphanage. So, if anyone has any gently used furniture, tools, electronics, household items, baby items, sports equipment, books, etc, etc, that you were already going to donate (or you just want to remove some clutter from your basement and help out a worthy cause!) please let me know! Remember, a little bit of US dollars goes a lot farther in rural China...