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Our founders, two nurses working in the field of public health, noticed first-hand how more and more families are struggling to acquire the basic necessities of life in today's economy. A new baby puts an added strain on already limited resources and many babies lack appropriate items of clothing and blankets to stay warm and thrive during their crucial first year of life. Learn More...
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We collect gently used or new infant clothing in sizes preemie to 12 months to distribute to needy babies in the San Diego area. Learn More...
We have several donation bins located thoughout the city. Find a donation bin near you,
Generous donations of time are also appreciated. We have volunteer opportunities available. Learn More...
8/8/2018 A typical dip in clothing donations during the summer months did not occur this year! Although temps have been sweltering, our Gently Hugged volunteers are keeping up the pace. Faithful volunteers collect items from bins, sort, launder, fold, and pack the bags. Crafters continue to create handmade essentials to add an extra dose of love, before other helpers deliver the eye-catching bags to social workers and nurses for distribution. As a result, during the months of June and July, 133 newborns that would otherwise go without, were provided clothing and other basic items to sustain them for their first year.
5/31/2018 On Sunday, May 20, Gently Hugged collaborated with Tomorrow's Heroes Today for a Super Hero Kid Fun Run to benefit Gently Hugged. The event was sold out with 100 little runners ages 2-7 wearing red superhero capes that were each handmade by one of our crafters. Spiderman made a live appearance to run and pose with the kids, Hullabaloo provided live music and dancing, and several local businesses sponsored booths with enlightening activities for the attendees. A highlight was our amazing and multi-talented emcee Philip Victor Ongert who kept the fun going all morning.
1/28/2018 Gently Hugged is excited to begin its 7th year of operation. The number of babies supplied for their entire first year with clothing, blankets, books, and handmade items has increased annually. In 2017, the lives of 588 at risk infants in our community were made better, vs 523 in 2016. The need is endless, and our goal is to continue increasing the number of babies served to surpass the 600 mark in 2018. Thank you for your past and future support!
11/29/2017 Your kindness and compassion during 2017 has allowed Gently Hugged to grow and serve over 550 babies in need with clothing, blankets, and other essentials to keep them cozy and supplied for the entire first year. New moms have also felt your caring and received comfort in knowing they are not alone and have hope for the future.
We cannot continue to make this happen without your help. Your generous year-end donation in any amount will help us sustain the poorest babies born in San Diego County.
Thank you for your steadfast support. Because of your help we will be able to continue to surround vulnerable new babies with love and warmth into the new year.
8/15/17 In the month of July alone, Gently Hugged delivered bags of essential supplies to clothe 60 babies in need for the first year to agencies and hospitals throughout San Diego. In order to supply this number of newborns, 600 donated sleepers alone were required. In addition, needed were 1080 onesies, 500 pairs of pants, along with shirts in each size, hats, socks, jackets, and blankets. These numbers would not be possible without the ceaseless donations and support of the community. Thank you for your support, and please continue to help Gently Hugged give a hand up and hope for the future to more vulnerable women and babies in our neighborhoods.
5/25/17 Our “Spring in Bloom” fundraising event was a wonderful success and we are grateful for all who attended and/or made financial donations to assist in continuing the work of Gently Hugged. A video review of the first 5 years of Gently Hugged operations can be seen on YouTube
Currently, over 2200 babies have been clothed and provided warmth during their vulnerable first year. We appreciate the continued backing of the community as we move forward.
Gently Hugged is Turning 5!
1/18/2017 Five years ago, on February 18, 2012, Gently Hugged officially received nonprofit status from the State of California and started collecting donated gently used and new clothing and blankets for babies in need.
It has been an exciting road, and because of many generous contributions and much encouragement, more than 2000 babies in San Diego County have been clothed and provided warmth for their entire first year. Also, the moms and families of these newborns have felt the love and caring of the community and were given hope for the future.
Gently Hugged continues to grow and to expand the distribution of packages to social workers and nurses at hospitals and agencies in additional regions of San Diego County. We are grateful to all our generous donors and value your continued support!
Gently Hugged has been awarded the GuideStar Silver participant award for its dedication to transparency in all aspects of its operations. Visit www.guidestar.org and search for Gently Hugged to get the most up-to-date information.