Baby’s Basket values every item given to us; we are aware donations may have sentimental attachment and parents or carers have given us their baby’s precious things to help a baby in need.
This document sets out our policy on what we do with your donations so you can have confidence we will use them responsibly and sensitively. By donating items to Baby’s Basket you agree that we may use or dispose of your donation in accordance with this policy.
This policy was last revised 20 Feb 2020
AGE APPROPRIATE CLOTHES SUITABLE FOR OUR BASKETS
0-3 months baby clothing
Baby’s Basket focus is on providing for babies in need 0-3 months old. Most good condition clothes for this age group are kept for use by Baby’s Basket.
ITEMS UNSUITABLE FOR OUR BASKETS BUT OTHERWISE IN GOOD CONDITION
Inevitably we receive clothes and bedding bundled with donations which are over-size or unsuitable for our use for other reasons. We try to find good homes for these too. These include:
3-6 months clothing
We don’t ask for clothing 3-6 months but if we receive some accidentally we try to pass them on with referrals for babies to grow into.
Cot sheets and blankets are made into bedding packs. Cot duvet covers are sold or cut down for sheets. Cot bumpers are no longer recommended for use in baby’s cots so are disposed of.
ITEMS UNSUITABLE FOR OTHER REASONS
Good condition clothes, but too big
Clothes for babies over 6 months old are not kept. We may sell them to raise funds or pass them to local childrens’ centres or charity shops.
Cash for clothes policy
We would prefer people didn’t donate larger sizes of clothing that we use as it creates work in sorting and disposal of them. We reserve the right to dispose of them as efficiently as possible and add any proceeds to Baby’s Basket funds.
Inappropriate slogans and logos
We try to be sensitive to the different situations in which some of the parents who receive our baskets may find themselves. We only put clothes in our baskets which have logos or sentiments such as: ‘Daddy’, ‘Brother’, ‘Sister’ where we know the relationship exists or is known to be appropriate. We don’t include clothing with logos, overt advertising, slogans or sentiments which in our opinion might cause distress or offence; at our discretion these may be passed on to charity shops or disposed of.
Poor condition items
Clothing and bedding which is too worn, damaged or stained is given to other charities that can raise money from rags. We reserve the right to dispose of them as efficiently as possible and add any proceeds to Baby’s Basket funds.
Blankets and towels which are unsuitable for babies are given to local vets or animal rehoming charities.
Other non-clothing items
We give other reusable non-clothing items we can’t use ourselves to other carefully chosen local charities, where possible those whose objects are closest to our own, or which relieves financial hardship. We reserve the right to dispose of them as efficiently as possible and add any proceeds to Baby’s Basket funds.
If we accumulate more baskets than we can accommodate we pass these to similar schemes to Baby’s Basket to help babies in need in other areas. Every basket is checked for safety and hygiene when it arrives and cleaned if necessary. Any poor quality basket is disposed of. We ask donors to remove used mattresses before donating a basket, any that arrive are disposed of as every basket is given a new one.
BOTTLES, TOILETRIES AND SANITARY PRODUCTS
Bottles are available on request but are not routinely included in baskets. Only new or immaculate used bottles and new teats are kept, used ones or unsealed packet items are disposed of. We re-pack good condition loose nappies and individually wrapped breast pads. All other open packs and bottles are disposed of.
For hygiene reasons open used bottles of toiletry products are disposed of.
RESERVED RIGHTS (the small print)
Baby’s Basket reserves the right to refuse to accept any donation for any reason.
Whilst every effort is made to use items donated to us in accordance with this policy, we reserve the right to dispose of any donation as we see fit, including but not limited to: passing on donations to another organisation, selling to raise funds for Baby’s Basket, recycling, or disposal as waste.
Any item disposed of as waste will be disposed of responsibly and any proceeds added to Baby’s Basket funds.