Stork Craft donates 130 cribs to families in need
Susan Andrews -- Kids Today, December 11, 2012
Stork Craft Manufacturing is donating 130 cribs worth more than $30,000 to NeighbourLink, a charity that works with low-income families in need in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Adam Segal (center), vice president of Stork Craft Manufacturing; Walter Twiddy (second from right), CEO of NeighbourLink Calgary; and LeeAnne Alexander (right), chief operating officer of NeighbourLink Calgary; and others pose with a Stork Craft crib.
NeighbourLink had more than 50 babies on its wait list who were in need of a place to sleep, and the charity put out a call for donations to the community.
"When talking to clients about the most important furniture item they need, we hear time and time again, ‘A bed for my child,' " said Nikki Golnik, NeighbourLink warehouse manager. "We receive crib requests multiple times a week and when we ask our clients what their baby is sleeping in now, we hear horror stories of babies sleeping in laundry hampers or dresser drawers. These families just want their babies to be safe."
After Stork Craft Vice President Adam Segal received a letter about the charity, the company reached out to NeighbourLink and made a donation of 130 brand new cribs toward NeighbourLink's wait list. Segal also offered an ongoing partnership with the charity to continue to give babies a safe place to sleep.
NeighbourLink's Chief Operating Officer LeeAnne Alexander reached out to a contact at UPS who offered to help ship the cribs from the Stork Craft warehouse in British Columbia to Calgary free of charge.
"The generosity of Stork Craft is overwhelming and not having to worry about shipping is a double bonus for us," Alexander said. "There are so many luxuries we take for granted every day, yet there are babies in our city right now without a safe place to sleep. I am so thankful for companies like Stork Craft and UPS who have the heart to do all they can to help the community."
A video about the donation can be see here.
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