When I found out I was going to be a mother, I was really excited to get involved in some community programs for mothers and babies. I wanted my child to be able to have friends and I thought this would be a great way to meet new people. Sadly, that was not able to happen (this time).
When planning the funeral arrangements we decided to put out a notice for Gavin in the paper. Typically instead of flowers many people chose to offer an in lieu, and for me my first thought was my local library. I knew that they offered a parent and child program, but wasn’t sure what else. We wondered if people ever donated to those things because while we had both seen them, we had not participated in the past. (We will in the future!) To answer that question – YES, so many people donate. Our local library received approx. $950 in donations, as well we have another $400 to contribute. The library staff was very honoured that we thought of them during our difficult time and appreciate the donations. This week my fiancé and I were able to meet with the library to discuss where the funds would be allocated. They gave us several choices within the children’s area. We chose that some of the money be used to develop and expand on the parent and child program, as well to be used for their toy library. I did not know this, but my local library has toys that you can borrow much like books and return. I thought this was a neat concept. Now that I’m aware of it, I would like to use this for when our nieces and nephews come over. The librarian advised that they will purchase new toys with some of the funds. They create name tags for each of the toys and on the tag there will be a note saying the toy was donated on behalf of Gavin. The library asked if they could do a write up to put in their next newsletter. We are going to save the letter to put in with all of our Gavin things.
We are amazed how loving and giving our friends and family were to take the time and give money to a great place. We’re happy that we will be able to bring joy to so many children and families through this donated money. Thank you family and friends. ❤ Your donations on Gavin’s behalf mean so much to us.