Giving Tuesday is the global date where everyone, everywhere can do something to support the good causes that mean so much to them so this year, we've partnered with the amazing team over at Cry-sis to donate 20% of sales across both Giving Tuesday and up until 12th December.
Cry-sis are the only UK charity to offer help and support to parents with babies who cry excessively or have sleeping problems.
At Merino Kids we share a similar mission to make a difference to the lives of families with young children, especially when adapting to their sleeping environments. On a day to give back to cause close to our heart, we wanted to help the parenting community who care for their newborns sleep health just as much as we do.
Giving Tuesday reimagines a world built upon shared humanity and generosity. This global network collaborates year-round to inspire generosity around the world, with a common mission to build a world where generosity is part of everyday life.
Whether it’s making someone smile, from anything such as helping a neighbour or stranger, showing up for an issue or people we care about, or giving some of what we have to those who need our help, every act of generosity counts, and everyone has something to give.
From modest beginnings...
Cry-sis begun in 1981 a small group of parents, who were experiencing problems with their crying and sleepless babies, set up a support group. They discovered how important support is and how reassuring it can be to talk to someone.
Today that support group has become Cry-sis, the only UK charity offering help and support to parents with babies who cry excessively or have sleeping problems. From modest beginnings Cry-sis has become a well-respected national charity.
Cry-sis offer a range of resources to help parents in need. From published journals to useful web-links, you can access this support in three channels;
- The helpline; available 7 days a week from 9.00am until 10.00pm.
- Helpful guides; offer advice and information on how to cope with a crying and/or a sleepless baby.
- Increase awareness; support research based campaigns to help other families in need.
How donations are helping
Donations help to fund the supported campaigns, yet services such as the helpline are completely provided by volunteers. You'll find these volunteers on the Cry-sis front line, manning the phones and providing much-needed support for mums, dads or carers struggling with crying babies. They help to provide a sympathetic ear and offer practical suggestions to the caller.
Want to get involved?
Do you know what it’s like to deal with an inconsolable, crying baby or understand the pressures of parenting young children?
You can volunteer your time. donate money. share your skills, campaign for something, donate goods; food, or clothes, organise a community event such as a street or park clean-up or a coffee morning - the list really is endless.
Our 12 days of Give-mas
Giving Tuesday has previously been a great success to raise money for our chosen charities, however this year we wanted to go one step above. Our 12 days of Give-mas donation scheme seemed like the perfect gift this festive period, to not only highlight the work Cry-sis do on the day of giving, but extend this across December time too. It is so easy to get wrapped up with the festivities of Christmas, but ultimately, Christmas is as much about giving as it is receiving.
With this in mind, we know how invaluable baby essentials are to families experiencing hardship and subsequently, we wanted to make an in-kind donation to charity too. We teamed up with some of the wonderful brands at Natural Baby Shower to donate a whole host of products to the charity Stripey Stork. The gift parcel included pyjamas, swaddles, and blankets and much more, all made with our 100% merino wool.