Step By Step continues to do our best to serve and support low-income and at-risk pregnant women and mothers of young children in our community, and we are preparing and working to adapt to the growing concerns and needs relating to the COVID-19 pandemic. As an “essential business” in the health care and public health sector, we are remaining open and available to provide critical support to many of the women and families most effected.
Some of our moms are having a really tough time. Some are home alone with newborns and are struggling during this time with stress, anxiety, depression, and isolation. Some have limited access to transportation; others are struggling to afford and provide (or find!) vital items and supplies for their babies.
We showed up at a local shelter to do a doorstep delivery for one of our moms who is battling homelessness with her family. Because of your support, we were able to deliver a few diapers and some other vital baby needs, along with a lovely baby activity playmate! Within minutes after we left, the mom sent us a thank you and a photo of her happy baby enjoying the thoughtful gift. She and her husband both have jobs and have been working hard to climb out of poverty and homelessness. Their situation is tough with everything going on, but they have not lost hope. Your support is helping this mom and hundreds of others across Pierce, King, and Snohomish counties to know they are not alone and that we will get through this – together.
Our hearts are breaking, as we hear story after story like this from moms who need help. But, seeing you step in and rise to help meet needs as they come keeps us going. A few of our moms were having trouble finding peanut butter and pasta, and a team member stopped by the office and found a box – completely filled on our doorstep – with exactly the items we needed in it. A member of the Sumner Rotary gave us 20 Fred Meyer gift cards. We were given a bunch of bread from Oroweat Bakery. We received a surprise donation from Sysco Seattle, Inc. of a bunch of fresh fruit and fresh juices. A “welcome home” gift bag is going out along with some vital needs to a mom with a new baby. People have written notes of encouragement to our moms which have been included in our critical care packages. We’ve been able to deliver numerous critical care packages on doorsteps to moms on the edge of crisis because of the support of our community. Small acts of kindness make a difference every day, but right now they are critical.
We’re delivering hope — together.
Thank you for being there — for standing in the gap for our moms, encouraging them to hang in there, and reminding them they can do it, and that they are not alone. We always tell our moms to just take it one day, one step at a time. That could not be more true right now. We continue to work hard, adapt, mobilize, and do our best to support each one of these women and their precious babies the best we can during these uncertain times. Thank you for making what we do possible!
If you would like to help support our moms, our greatest needs are for:
- Gift cards to Wal-Mart, Winco, Safeway, Albertsons, or Fred Meyer
- Diapers (mostly newborn and size 1, but we take all sizes)
- Toilet paper
- Hand soap
- Vital baby needs (formula, baby thermometers, etc.)
Donate towards this need viastepbystepfamily.org/donate.
Purchase and drop off at our main office in Puyallup
If you are out shopping for your family and you see these items, please consider purchasing these items for us, too. For instructions on how and when you can safely and sanitarily pick up and drop off items, contact Louanne at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Write notes of encouragement
Many of our moms are home alone and struggling with depression, being alone with a new baby, or coping with postpartum depression. If you would like to write or share a note of encouragement, please contact Annmarie at email@example.com.
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