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Sharing Is Caring

Share Our Spare Donation Service

share our spare!

The heap of outgrown baby stuff in your storage closet isn’t going to grow two feet and walk away.

But it can get to a loving home without much legwork, thanks to a new organization called Share Our Spare.

Its founders, all local Chicago moms, facilitate exchanges between families who need and families who have with help from the charitable arms of the YWCA, Illinois Masonic, and Common Pantry.

After receiving a wish list from an in-need family, the moms share it with an interested donor, along with a photo and information about the family. Contributing families are then encouraged to source the goods from their own gently used stockpile and throw a donation party; it could be a classroom function, birthday celebration, or just an excuse to get friends together.

When the items on the list are gathered, you deliver everything directly to the family.

Who will get the leg up they deserve.

For more information, go to shareourspare.org.

Photo: KidStock / Getty Images

this week in chicago!


RESERVE
Wake Up & Boogie Down Family Fest
What:
Neighborhood Parents Network’s annual jam features live music by The Happiness Club, dancing with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, frolicking with The Little Gym, and more.
Why: Walk the red carpet and get your pic taken by Shay Feeney Photography.
When: Mar. 3, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison St., at Clark St. Tickets at npnparents.org. Adults, $25 ($20 NPN members); children, $15 ($10 NPN members); under 1, free; family four-pack, $65 ($50 NPN members).

SHOP
Artizone
What:
No more hopping from shop to shop. The new grocery service delivers specialty food items from local artisan merchants to your door.
Why: Goods from Green Grocer Chicago, Pasta Puttana, Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter, and others.
When: You’re pressed for time (a.k.a. always).
Where: Online at artizone.com.

SEE
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
What:
The classic picture book about one boy’s trials and tribulations gets recast as a funny musical.
Why: Laughter is the best medicine.
When: Thru June 28.
Where: Emerald City Theatre Company at Apollo Theater, 2540 N. Lincoln Ave., at Wrightwood Ave. (773-935-6100). Tickets at emeraldcitytheatre.com. Adults, $16-$17; children, $13-$14.

LOCATIONS
Cubby Bear
1059 W Addison St
@ Clark St
Chicago, IL 60657
773-327-1662
Apollo Theater
2540 N Lincoln Ave
@ W Wrightwood Ave
Chicago, IL 60614
773-935-6100
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