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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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What Can I Do
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...
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2023 First Quarter Newsletter
A Message from Debbie:
As I reflect over the past three months, I am so impressed by all of Gently Hugged's accomplishments. One of the highlights was the Gently Hugged Open House, planned by Sharon Dutton and her committee. There are so many people that played a critical role in the success, This was a great opportunity to share our overall operations. [continue reading] ...
2022 Fourth Quarter Newsletter
As we move into 2023, I hope everyone had the opportunity to spend time with family and friends and recharge over the holidays to help prepare for the year ahead. As you read the newsletter, you will learn about the tremendous support that Gently Hugged has continued to receive during the holidays and into the New Year. [continue reading] ...
2022 Third Quarter Newsletter
A MESSAGE FROM JUDY:
I am excited to announce that Gently Hugged has chosen a new and highly qualified individual, Debbie Alston, to begin serving as President in 2023! As most of you know, I will be stepping down (not away) and we have been actively searching for several months for the perfect person to take this role. [continue reading] ...
2022 Second Quarter Newsletter
We were privileged to honor our many loyal volunteers at a special event in Vito’s Garden at the beautiful Bernardo Winery on June 29th. Please see the photo collage from the occasion on Page 5. It was a joyful gathering and a wonderful opportunity to say thank you to the unwavering Gently Hugged group of individuals who are at the heart of our mission [continue reading] ...
2022 First Quarter Newsletter
I have been honored to serve as President of Gently Hugged for the 10 years we have been in operation. During this time, the Gently Hugged team has worked together to clothe over 5,700 infants for the first year. Upon reflecting on where we have been and on future directions [continue reading] ...
2021 Fourth Quarter Newsletter
Gently Hugged is beginning the New Year full of gratitude for our forever faithful community of supporters. We thank each of you for your continued donations of funds, used and new clothing, and handmade items that have made a life-changing impact for a growing number of families with newborns in need [continue reading] ...
2021 Holiday Newsletter
As we approach the holiday season, we want to thank each of you for standing with Gently Hugged through these tough times. Your support has allowed us to steadily provide clothing and blankets for the first year to local babies who lack these essentials. [continue reading] ...
2021 Third Quarter Newsletter
One of our supporters shared the following account: While at a dental appointment, she spoke about donating items to Gently Hugged. A practitioner in the office overheard and commented that she was a recipient of not one, but two bags of supplies [continue reading] ...
2021 Second Quarter Newsletter
So much gratitude goes to the nearly 100 volunteers who play a part in implementing every task required to supply over 60 babies every month with clothing, blankets and other essentials for the first year. And, this number does not include [continue reading] ...
2021 First Quarter Newsletter
Things seem to be looking up! Regarding pandemic restrictions, we are grateful to be moving in a positive direction and blessed to have many of our cherished volunteers fully vaccinated. Gently Hugged looks forward to [continue reading] ...
2020 Fourth Quarter Newsletter
Before beginning the New Year, we passed through a season that is for all time centered on being grateful and completing acts of charity for others. During that time, Gently Hugged was showered with helpful and inspiring acts of [continue reading] ...
2020 Third Quarter Newsletter
With your partnership, Gently Hugged has clothed and provided blankets and other essential items for the first year to 481 newborns so far in 2020, while coping with the challenges and restrictions of the ongoing pandemic. Thank you for your dedication and willingness to [continue reading] ...
2020 Second Quarter Newsletter
As the challenging times continue, Gently Hugged is grateful to be back in a limited capacity to help the growing number of babies in need. The community has responded so that clothing donations and handmade items are flowing in. Our dedicated [continue reading] ...
2019 4th Quarter Newsletter
We continue to appreciate our community of faithful supporters. Each of you is vital in helping Gently Hugged make a significant impact in the lives of local newborns at risk. Thank you.
Year-to-Date Results for 2019
- Pounds of donated usable clothing: 8351
- Number of blankets (not handmade): 1681
- Number of handmade items contributed: 7241
- Number of babies provided with sufficient clothing for their first year: 810
Blessings to you and your families this holiday season. Once again we thank you for your continued support of our mission to help clothe needy babies in San Diego County. Because of you, 775 vulnerable newborns were provided essentials for the first year, a 14% increase from last year in the number of babies clothed.
2019 3rd Quarter Newsletter
Year-to-Date Results for 2019
- Pounds of donated usable clothing: 6,418
- Number of blankets (not handmade): 1,354
- Number of handmade items contributed: 5,347
- Number of babies clothed for their first year: 593
2019 2nd Quarter Newsletter
Year-to-Date Results for 2019
- Pounds of donated usable clothing: 4,389
- Number of blankets (not handmade): 913
- Number of handmade items contributed: 3853
- Number of babies clothed for their first year: 393
4th Quarter Newsletter
1/31/2019 We continue to appreciate our community of faithful supporters. Each of you is vital in helping Gently Hugged make a significant impact in the lives of local newborns at risk. Thank you.
Year-to-Date Results for 2018
- Pounds of donated usable clothing: 8,095
- Number of blankets (not handmade): 2,508
- Number of handmade items contributed: 6,441
- Number of babies provided with sufficient clothing for their first year: 701
Gently Hugged has been awarded the GuideStar Gold 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.