Local resale boutique commits to delivering all extra toys and clothing
to Helping Hand Me Downs in November and December
Saint Louis, November 9, 2020 – Kangaroo Kids, an upscale children’s and maternity resale and gift boutique, is giving back this holiday season in a big way. Store owner Sierra Cortazzo announced today that the popular local store will donate all toys and clothes that cannot be resold to the charity Helping Hand Me Downs (HHMD) throughout November and December. The overall contribution is expected to be a sizable haul for the St. Louis charity, which has served 25,000 children and families in the area since its founding in 2011.
Kangaroo Kids has had an ongoing relationship with HHMD, donating “no thank you” items brought to the shop when time permits and encouraging customers to take items that can’t be resold to the charity. “Our standards are very high for what we will sell in our store,” said Cortazzo. “We often decline items that are wonderful and useful to families but might have slight imperfections or reflect last year’s style preferences. It’s great to keep these items in circulation and help families that truly need our assistance right here in our community – particularly this year.”
While this isn’t the first time Kangaroo Kids has committed to donating items, the decision to double down comes in response to the challenging year that 2020 has been for many local families due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and increasing unemployment. The donations to HHMD help Kangaroo Kids fulfill its mission of serving moms and kids in the St. Louis community and helping empower mothers to meet their babies’ needs for nourishment and nurturance.
The challenges of 2020 caused many local businesses to revisit their plans and pivot to doing business in a whole new way. Recent changes at Kangaroo Kids included increasing online selling and offering shipping and curbside service for customers. This holiday donation was a natural contribution in a year that caused everyone to take a step back and reevaluate how to do business and how to give back.
Families are encouraged to shop for the holidays and bring items into Kangaroo Kids anytime during November and December and to include all toys and clothing they are interested in selling or donating. Cortazzo and her team will review items offered for sale and give families a chance to donate “no thank yous” on the spot to HHMD.
“We are happy to give everything we can to support Helping Hand Me Downs while they serve moms and kids right here in St. Louis,” said Cortazzo. “As local families clear out their closets to make way for the holidays, visiting our resale boutique is a great opportunity to cross everyone off your shopping list plus make a little extra cash and give your surplus to families in need. It’s a real win-win.”
For more information on Helping Hand Me Downs, visit http://helpinghandmedowns.org/.
Kangaroo Kids is an upscale children’s and maternity resale and gift boutique with a full-service breastfeeding support center. Owner Sierra Cortazzo is a full-time mother, lactation specialist, and entrepreneur who is genuinely passionate about supporting mothers with children of all ages and providing great service and one-of-a-kind products to her customers. Sierra takes great pride in the classes and support groups she has spearheaded for the past 15 years at Kangaroo Kids. From infant CPR to free lactation support groups, the store hosts several groups for parents and postpartum mothers, and provides free and fee-based lactation counseling. To learn more about Kangaroo Kids, visit: https://kangarookidsonline.com/
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