Out With The Old, Making Room For The New

This weekend, after a burst of motivation, I finally decided to sort through all Ava’s old baby goodies. It was a mammoth task. I have every bottle, dummy and item of clothing she’s ever owned shoved into red plastic bins around the house. I quickly started regretting my decision after dumping all the contents of said bins onto the spare room floor, it felt like an insurmountable task, so much stuff…. so much time to sort through so much stuff!

I had a plan, there were certain items I wanted to keep, like her first ever pair of shoes and a few items of clothing that I still really love and want to keep for in case we’re ever fortunate enough to have another baby and that baby turns out to be Ava’s little sister.

After many hours and much sorting, I’d managed to repack everything back, sorted by age in the red bins and was still left with a trunk of goodies that I no longer needed or wanted, but what to do with it?

I asked on Twitter for suggestions on where to donate the goodies and amongst the replies with all the usual suspects was a new organization I had not heard about before, The Grace Factory.



The Grace Factory is a non profit organisation that collects baby items at locations in Gauteng and the Vaal Triangle and distributes these items to other non profit organisations (such as children’s homes and orphanages). The best part of all, if you don’t have time or can’t take your donations to a distribution point, The Grace Factory will collect from you. I’m meeting with Amy today to hand over my boot full of goodies.

They have two scheduled distributions for the month ahead, including Door Of Hope on the 16th March & Hotel Hope on the 6th of April.

They have a long list of donations required, can you help with any of the following:



You can also find The Grace Factory on Face Book & Twitter. With winter just around the corner, I’m sure the wishlist will grow even longer, can you help?



  • Joni

    March 14, 2013 at 9:41 am

    I do work with Hotel Hope and can tell you they will really appreciate anything you can send them! Oliver is awesome with the kids and the house in Melville doesn’t feel like a place of safety or orphanage, the kids are raised in a loving home and don’t have the institutionalised issues many of the kids in orphanages or places of safety do! 3 of the kids go to Adam’s school cause he wants them to have a normal as possible life whilst waiting for adoption!

    Thank you thank you!

    P.S. Oliver also runs an adoption advocacy programme!


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