Volunteering Spotlight: Assembling Kits for New Moms with Book Harvest
Being a new mom comes with a variety of challenges. Not only do you have to worry about taking care of your newborn but also taking care of yourself as a mother and the challenges that come with that. To help ease some of that stress, United Way of the Greater Triangle partnered with Book Harvest in Durham on December 17, 2019 to create New Mom Kits. Book Harvest is an organization that believes reading is a right and not a privilege, and gives away thousands of books yearly to children in the Durham area. Usually they focus specifically on kids but wanted to help serve individuals that are key to children’s development: their mothers.
During the event volunteers assembled 100 kits that featuring items like toothpaste, deodorant, feminine hygiene products, and chapstick. The purpose of these kits is to provide mothers with daily essentials they can use in their everyday lives. There were also handwritten messages included in the kits to give the mothers an encouraging note as they begin to embark on a new life journey. The event was a great success and the kits will be a great contribution to these women as they start the beautiful path of motherhood.