In recent weeks, we’ve encouraged readers to make a difference by voting for Hannah’s Treasure Chest, a finalist in the IKEA Life Improvement Co-worker Challenge.
The non-profit organization, also known as HTC, teams with community partners in four counties to enrich the lives of children in need by providing essential items such as clothing, toys, books and equipment for daily needs.
The good news is that local organization was awarded $10,000 in IKEA products, services and donations thanks to IKEA West Chester. The award will allow the non-profit to enhance a section of its Centerville office and purchase baby cribs for families in need.
According to IKEA, more than 80 inspiring proposals were received from IKEA co-workers around the country and over 47,000 votes were cast. HTC is one of 38 charities nationwide that will each receive $10,000 in products and $2,500 in design services from their local IKEA store.
Now here’s something else you can do to help Hannah’s Treasure Chest. Through the month of April, the organization is holding an April Showers baby supply drive, with the goal of collecting 35 diaper bags and all the items needed to fill them.
“Think about not being able to change your child’s diaper when it is soiled because you don’t have money to buy more,” Hannah’s Treasure Chest Executive Director Sarah Williams said. “Now think what a difference a diaper bag full of supplies can make to a parent choosing between buying diapers or food for their child.”
Here’s the wish list of items that will be most helpful:
• Diaper bags
• Diapers and Pull-Ups in all sizes (partial packages welcome)
• Onesies, sleepers and outfits, sizes newborn to 6 months
• Hygiene items such as shampoo, lotion and bath wash for babies, diaper cream, wipes (unopened samples welcome)
• Pacifiers, rattles, small baby toys and books
• Bottles, dishes, home safety items (outlet plugs, cabinet locks)
The volunteers at Hannah’s Treasure Chest are hoping that local Scout groups, church groups and service organizations will organize drives to collect items.
Your donations can be dropped off at Hannah’s Treasure Chest, 124 Westpark Road in Centerville. Best times for drop-offs are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.