I’ve had quite a few people ask if we can take items with us for Baby K – like a blankie or a stuffed animal or clothing. The reality is that in a group setting like our agency’s care center, everything is shared and anything soft and plush is a germ factory. So, while we can and will take some things with us, we know that they will not just be for Baby K, and we will not be taking anything soft/plush. I have no idea yet what we’ll take; that task is on my list for next week. I do know that I am planning on taking an extra bag with us to carry donations over and to bring Ethiopian purchases back.
Our agency provided the following list of items that are always needed at the care center. I absolutely do not expect anyone to make donations, but since a few people have asked, I wanted to share the information in case anyone was so inclined. If you would like to contribute something, please let me know and we will make arrangements. If you would like to send me gift cards or checks, I would be happy to spend that money here or there to purchase needed items, too. I realize that I’m only giving short notice, since we leave at the end of next week, but we can also take things on our second trip when that time comes.
Similac formula milk in powder form. Similac with iron and lactose-free are
Preemie, infant and toddler size diapers
Anti-fungal ointment and tablets
Bed sheets, bed covers, crib sheets, draw sheets (for infant cribs and older child home)
Medical shoe covers (worn in hospitals during surgery)
Neosporin or antibiotic ointment
Infant and child Motrin, Tylenol, or other fever reducer
Pedialyte or Kaolyte (preferably powdered form)
Infant and child decongestants
Infant and child vitamins, liquid
Children’s Vitamin D supplements (found in several multivitamins)
Saline spray or drops
Standard bottle nipples
New or like-new condition children’s shoes
New or like-new condition children’s clothing (infant to 14 years of age)
Developmental toys for children (plastic or wooden preferred)
Baby bath soap
Disposable surgical masks and gloves
Books for very young children (board books and easy readers)
Speaking of the care center, I learned this morning that Baby K has been moved from the orphanage in her home region to the care center (called Horizon House) in Addis Ababa. This is exciting for a couple of reasons – first, because we have heard such absolutely wonderful things about the care the children receive at HH, and second, because two friends of mine made through this adoption process are at HH this week, meeting their children. This means that they will meet Baby K and give her some love for us, and it also means that we will probably get a few photos from them to tide us over until we leave!