Shop for your Brooklyn baby and help another Brooklyn Baby
This Saturday (10/20) when you purchase something at My Brooklyn Baby you will be getting more than a super organic rattle or lovely Winter hat, you will get the satisfaction of knowing your money is going to a great cause because 20% of the days sales will be donated to Little Essentials.
Little Essentials is a community-based organization in Fort Greene Brooklyn that helps keep families together by providing free baby and toddler (to age 4) clothing, gear, toys and other essential items to Brooklyn families living in poverty and it is run by an amazing Fort Greene mother named Sandie Trombert. (yay for brooklyn mamas!)
About Little Essentials
Trombert was inspired to action after reading a post on Fort Greene Babies, her local parent listserv, from a doula volunteering at the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (NYC DH & MH) in Bed Stuy pleading for baby clothing for a pregnant mother living in a shelter. Trombert promptly responded to the listings for free baby items and with her 6 month old baby in tow, she drove around her neighborhood picking up free clothing from her peers for this mother and baby in need.
The community response was overwhelming - the donor families thrilled to have a direct impact on a family in need and the NYC DH & MH thankful to have discovered this much needed resource. “LE has become an invaluable resource for the families I work with, providing them with much needed children’s clothes and high-ticket items such as car-seats, strollers and bassinets. This organization makes a real difference.” – Ms. Ammann, NYC DH & MH. That was June 2010, in May of 2011, Trombert started Little Essentials (LE), a 501(c)(3) not for profit, to provide free baby and toddler clothing to impoverished Brooklyn families.
Still operating out of her home, Trombert collects donated items and distributes them free of charge through a network of twelve social service and city agencies that serve low-income families living in the most poverty stricken areas of Brooklyn where many live at or below the Federal poverty level ($23,050/year for a family of four). She along with a small group of volunteers still does the heavy lifting sorting, cleaning, storing and distribution. Her husband works full time during the day and picks up donations from donors and drops off order requests to LE’s partner organizations in the evenings.
Little Essentials has helped over 1200 Brooklyn children in need! You can support LE’s efforts by making a tax deductible donation. Financial contributions will help Trombert move this operation out of her home assist even more families. Please visit Littleessentials.org for more info.