Thursday, November 22, 2012



Hey Gang

I thought it would be a nice gesture as an organization this year to try and adopt a family for Christmas. It's something our family tries to do each year but in these economic times and being a single income family (like many of us!) I know it can get difficult to commit to something like this on your own... So I thought doing it as an organization this year would be a great option for all of us to contribute how we can :)

Many of you may have heard, seen or even known a family who has been assisted by The Yellow Brick House Organization. One of their homes is actually right here in Aurora!! I've personally known moms and went to school with kids who were helped in times of need from this organization and coincidentally our friend, Amber Gordon-Bunn, from Goober Gang works there as a Fundraising Coordinator. So what a better organization to pick ~ helping women and children being affected by abuse!!...

How Can You Help?

The answer in short is IN ANY WAY YOU CAN! Below are the details of "our family" that we are loosely sponsoring as a guideline. Those who would like to donate monetary gifts, gift cards or the items specified below can do so.

Furthermore, there are TONS of other families with a wide arrangement of needs, including the organization itself which is always looking for supplies for use in the homes. So basically anything new / unused goes! Here are some ideas.....

• toiletries for mom and baby (samples are great! i.e. mini shampoos, soaps, razors, toothpaste, floss etc.)
• unused ladies and children's clothing, shoes, purses, scarves, hats, mitts etc.
• toys, art supplies, colouring books, books, learning toys / items
• chocolates, candies, "stocking stuffers", nick nack toys
• non-perishable food items
• cosmetic products (we all have so many hand soaps, perfumes, creams and such!)
• diapers & diapering products (..have unused ones that your kids grew out of? Loose unused diapers are ok...)
• unused Christmas decorations, good condition gift wrap / bags / ribbon /wrapping supplies etc.

...and more! the list goes on.. If you are not sure on an item, just ask!

How To Submit Your Items?

Drop Off: to Connie's house ~ 58 Ross Patrick Cres Newmarket *at your convenience. A bin on my porch will remain available.. Just call or email me when you'll be dropping off so I can look out for the items or arrange to be home ( 416.885.9709). You can put your name on the items if you like.....

Email: you can send an email money transfer (EMT) to my personal email address and I will cut a chq to the organization as a whole from all the EMT's I get

Mail: you can mail your chq's or gift cards to me at:
Connie Berenguer
58 Ross Patrick Cres
Newmarket, ON L3X 3G9

In Person: you can personally give my your donations when you see me next :) I'll be at most of the upcoming Goober Gang and Life With A Baby Play Dates :) If you prefer to give your gift directly to the organization (I totally don't mind and understand!) ~ Amber is happy to accept them also.... You can email or call her direct:

Amber Gordon-Bunn,
Resource Development Coordinator
52 West Beaver Creek, Unit 4
Richmond Hill, ON L4B 1L9
T: 905.709.0900 Ext. 2230
Toll Free: 1.800.263.2231
F: 905.709.1308

For those looking to receive a tax receipt for a cash donation, please make your donation through -- “donate now” button or provide to me directly and I will collect the information we need to get your receipt: (name, address, postal code and amount (over $20).....

We are hoping that gifts for families can either be delivered (or picked up if absolutely needed) by December 7 (preferred) or December 14 (absolute deadline!). PLEASE DO NOT WRAP YOUR ITEMS. THE ORGANIZATION WILL TAKE CARE OF THAT!


Yellow Brick House - FAMILY #54

Mom Female 21 M Ladies 9
Wish List: Mom didn’t request personal items so on her behalf, a gift basket or gift cards (grocery, clothing or gas) would be lovely. Also a journal or digital camera to capture memories.

Child #1 Male 2.5 years T3 T8
Wish List: warm clothing, diapers (size 5), wipes, Train set (chugginton) snowsuit and boots, pajama’s, board books, Leap frog Tag reader or Leap pad, superhero sheets/comforter

Child #2 Female 2 months 3-6 months Infant 2
Wish List: clothing, crib sheets, wipes, diapers (Size 1), toys, formula, bundle me car seat cover, bath items


Thank you and looking forward to seeing what we can come up with as a group :) Hopefully a BUNCH of happily mommies and kids :)


Here is a thank you mail to all Goober Gang moms for donating and Connie personally for organizing this event: