It’s Giving Tuesday! It wasn’t that long ago that Orin and I struggled to afford just a $25 gift for Maggie’s first Christmas. God has really blessed our family the past few years, so these days I look for ways I can return the blessings to those in my community. Today is Giving Tuesday, a day set aside globally for giving, so this morning I set out to make a difference in our little community.
Really, Giving Tuesday started for me yesterday afternoon. Maggie and I baked some cookies together, then this morning our first stop was to drop them off at a local fire station. Not only do they work tirelessly fighting fires, they are also always there to do car seat checks. Car seat safety is something I’m pretty passionate about and it’s nice to be able to let local moms and dads know that they can stop there for some education and assistance getting their little one’s car seat installed properly.
Last week I found out that if I purchased pajamas at Carter’s today, for every pair of pajamas purchased, they’d donate a pair to a child in need. Since they just happen to sell my favorite jammies for the kids AND getting them new ones was already on my to-do list, we made our way there next. Maggie and Jacob chose their favorite pair, and then we got matching ones for their younger siblings. I can’t wait to see them in their matching jammies and it felt great to know we were donating 4 pairs to those who needed them in the process. That’s a huge win-win in my book!
As I made my way over the sidewalk at the outlets during our trip to Carter’s, pushing Gideon in his phil&teds dash, I had my biggest Giving Tuesday idea yet. Why not find someone who had a baby and no stroller? I review a LOT of baby gear on this blog and there’s certainly no reason I need to keep it all. In fact, one of my favorite things about this blog is that it enables me to give so many items away to people in my community.
I wasn’t immediately sure who I should gift the stroller to. At first I thought about standing outside of Carter’s and waiting for a mom to go inside who didn’t have a stroller. But I had 3 of the 4 kids with me (poor Zellene was sick and had to stay home with her Daddy) AND it was cold and windy outside. I wasn’t really sure how long I’d have to stand there in order to find a good recipient for the stroller.
So, my backup plan was to call my sister-in-law, Holly. Holly is just the nicest person you’ll ever meet and she’s the kind of lady who makes friends easily and knows a lot of people. I had a feeling that she might know someone who would genuinely have a NEED for a stroller. And, as luck would have it, she did! Holly told me about someone she knew (to protect her privacy, we’ll call her Jen) who’s son (we’ll call him Jack) was born a few weeks ago prematurely at 35 weeks. Jen didn’t have a stroller for Jack, making them the perfect recipients! Since Jack was born early and has spent quite a bit of time in the NICU (and our family came down with a nasty virus over the Thanksgiving holiday) I didn’t want to stop at Jen’s house personally and spread our sick germs to Jack’s fragile immune system. Instead, I met Holly and gave her the stroller so she could deliver it. It’s also nice to remain anonymous sometimes, you know?
I do have to admit though, I had a REALLY hard time parting with the dash. I mean, phil&teds really did a good job with this stroller! No really, it’s SWEET. I drooled as I pulled the stroller out of it’s box and saw the Gray Marl canopy. The stroller just looks amazing from every angle! High quality, great styling, and a modern look really make the dash stand out among other strollers.
When we went to the beach a few weeks ago, the dash is the stroller I took with us. The canopy is huge so I knew it would be perfect for all those days in the sun. It handled the wooden bridges, cobblestone streets downtown, gravel roads, and everywhere else I decided to push it. When we took it to the aquarium, I really loved the size of the storage basket underneath and the handy zipper pocket on the side of the canopy. The seat was big enough that Zellene rode around in it for a while and really loved how high off of the ground it was. She could see things so well.
Gideon fell asleep and the recline was so easy to adjust without waking him up. Oh and the brake — unlike other strollers where you engage the brake with your foot, with the dash you engage it with your hand and it made such a difference! My husband and I both loved that feature.
You know what though, as much as I love the dash, I loved the feeling I got sending Holly off with that stroller, knowing it was going to make Jen’s day and make her life so much easier! Jack is her first child and if she decides to grow her family, the dash can easily be converted to an inline double stroller with the addition of the optional double kit.
It’s been a great day so far! Now that I’m an adult, I’m really understanding that it truly is better to give than to receive! There’s still hours left in the day. If you’re able, I encourage you to look for ways, big or small, to give back to your community, both today and throughout the year.
Disclosure: A big thanks to phil&teds for sending me the dash, at no cost, to facilitate a review.