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Scheherazade in Blue Jeans
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Boston-area request for assistance 
29th-Jul-2010 10:55 am
One Person can Make a Difference
From an e-mail that came through my office:

"I am reaching out to everyone in hopes that you all may be able to help me. I have a mom that I have been working with who has recently migrated here from Haiti she is due to have her first baby on July 30th. She is in desperate need of a crib or bassinett for her baby girl. My organization has supplied her with baby clothes and a stroller however this is still a major need. "

I assume that other baby stuff is also welcome, but the crib is the highest priority. Anyone have one to spare, or know anyone who might?
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30th-Jul-2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
The time required to be one of a million emails on Freecycle or Craigslist in a big city in order to score a baby item is a significant investment. I strongly suspect 'Song's time can be better spent doing other things for this woman and her coming baby.
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30th-Jul-2010 09:32 pm (UTC)
And the chances of a family in that economic position having a computer and the routine internet access required to be successful at a FC or CL posting...?

I guess I'm making a point about economic privilege with this line of questioning.
30th-Jul-2010 09:35 pm (UTC)
Plus the language barrier.
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31st-Jul-2010 01:41 am (UTC)
I apologize. I'm just used to Dreamwidth and having discussions about privilege be standard and well-received instead of annoying.
29th-Jul-2010 03:31 pm (UTC)
I have a bassinet, if you don't find a local source.
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30th-Jul-2010 03:15 am (UTC)
If you have a car and can make a pickup, it's worth taking a look at your local craigslist. Most people who list a crib/bassinet/pack n' play for cheap are not looking to make money--they're looking to move the item out of their house, and they're even happier to know that it's going to someone else who can really use it.

So you can probably pick one up worst case scenario in the $25 range, but you might even be able to email the seller and explain the situation, see how low they're willing to go, or if they're willing to donate it for free--they can even make a tax write-off for the full resale price of the item, which is certainly more than they'd get for it with a straight craigslist sale.

It will take a little bit of craigslisting, but I bet you (or the organization) could find her something perfect in very little time.
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