MAYA Organization is pleased to be able to offer free gently worn clothing, up to size 8, to local parents, when they attend a free class at MAYA Organization in the Northside or Swissvale. Each parent can request clothes for their own children, including stepchildren and foster children. Maternity clothing is available, as well.
Newborn and 0-3 month clothing is reserved for pregnant clients, including dads, who are participating in (or have participated in) classes at MAYA Organization, where they can also earn diapers and a free new crib, playard (commonly called a pack n’ play), and/or car seat.
Parents who have an infant under age one or a baby on the way will have the first opportunity to receive the clothing their families need throughout the early part of September. Parents who only have children age one and up will be served in late September. We anticipate having plenty to go around, as we have stock in storage and at least one weekly donation from Kid to Kid on McKnight Road, whose sellers generously provide the items. Generally, parent will receive a bag of clothing—a minimum of 5-7 tops and 5-7 pairs of pants, if available—in each size they request and will be able to select from the shoes, coats, and other winter gear we have available.
Class attendance is a requirement for Clothing Closet participation. Class options will include Baby Sign Language, Toddler Behavior, Toddler Safety, Prenatal Class, Lamaze, Breastfeeding, Newborn Care, and more. We do our best to accommodate parents’ schedules. For some classes, children who are not (too) disruptive may be allowed if you don’t have childcare available. The Northside classroom is much bigger and far more conducive to having children along.
We at MAYA truly enjoy having the ability to help out families this way. We’d especially like to acknowledge Kid to Kid, their shoppers, and the members of New Mom’s Coffee, whose generous donations make this possible.
Why are diapers such a big need?
Every day, we see parents come through our doors, struggling to provide diapers for their children. The need is huge. The MAYA Organization can easily get diapers out to those who need them most; we just need diapers, and a lot of them!
The average infant goes through 10-12 diaper changes a day; over the course of a month, this adds up to over 300 diapers.
It can cost $100 a month or more to keep one infant in clean diapers. For a family on a limited income, after rent, food and other bills, there is often not enough left for diapers. Food pantries don’t typically have or provide diapers, and few community resources are available or able to keep up with the increase in requests for diapers.
How can you help?
Host a Drive: There are many ways to run a diaper drive. Be creative, and have fun!
- Have a dance, car wash or other event and ask guests to bring a pack of diapers as “payment”
- Host a drop off station at your business or church, and promote it. Create flyers and posters, talk about it on facebook, network with friends and neighbors
- Use your imagination!
Diapers can be dropped off at our Office at 512 Foreland Street, Pittsburgh, Pa 15212 from 9:00 a.m. to 2 p.m., or we can arrange to pick up diapers if need be.
What can we accept?
Diapers and pull ups of any brand or size. Open packages are just fine, so we can take those leftovers when a child has grown out of a size. Wipes are also welcome. We are also collecting new carseats, and new and gently used clothing and pack-n-plays.
Cash donations can make an even bigger difference! We pool all donations and are able to buy diapers in bulk, at great savings.
We accept cash and checks made out to Maya Organization, or make a secure donation online. Click “donate now” and be sure to add a note that your donation is for diapers.
Thank you to everyone who came out and supported MAYA Organization! Your support means the world to us and helps us provide education to free prenatal, childbirth and parenting education to the greater Pittsburgh area! Special thanks to our musician AJ Fronce and photographer Dawn Zacharias. Please consider them for your events!
We also want to thank our raffle supporters, Arnold’s Tea, Sweet Time Cafe, Chateau Cafe and Cakery, Luke Wholey’s Restaurant, Rob Burton from Aflac, Wigle Whiskey and Jackie Ward!
Mark your calendars for June 6th! Come out and support your favorite non-profit organization, MAYA! Chef David is preparing all you can eat appetizers! Our supporters, including AFLAC, Luke Wholey’s~Wild Alaskan Grill, Chateau Cafe and Cakery, and Wigle Whiskey, are donating amazing raffle prizes! Be prepared to stock your liquor cabinets….Wigle Whiskey is a Pittsburgh based disitllery. In 2015 & 2016, Wigle was the most awarded craft whiskey distillery in the US by the American Craft Spirits Association. Wigle Whiskey is donating 12% of the proceeds from the night to MAYA! Legendary photographer and long time MAYA supporter, Dawn Zacharias, will be onsite to photograph the event! The amazing AJ FRONCE will be performing live again!
Get raffle tickets for every pair of shoes you bring for our shoe drive or pack of diapers to donate to our diaper drive!
Check out photos from our 2014 event!