Why Second Stork?

Each year, thousands of new parents across Minnesota are stretched to bring their baby home from the hospital with even the most basic supplies such as a safe place to sleep, diapers, wet wipes, clothing, receiving blankets and other essential items.

Founded in 2009, Second Stork is a Minnesota non-profit that fulfills this real, immediate need by providing those critical items free of charge with no strings attached. Second Stork is not religious or political in its mission or operations. Second Stork also works in ways to always respect the dignity of people in need, including giving them the same baby items that others in society have for their babies, making the supplies subtle to not stand out that they needed “charity,” and by not making them fill out applications to receive a few critical supplies. The fast and expert judgement of experienced medical professionals and hospital staff is better than any application. They are on the front lines and know the questions to ask, the diversity of situations, and the need to act quickly.

We started 2015 serving 18 Twin Cities hospitals and ended the year at 43 hospitals across the state. In 2015, we provided over 1200 families with diaper/supply packs and gave away over 200 life-saving portable playard cribs to parents with no other approved safe sleep options for their newborn. As of mid-2016, we now serve over 60 Minnesota hospitals—and continue to grow.

Why Portable Playards with Bassinet Attachments?

Yes, we certainly get this question. The majority of our annual budget is spent on portable playards for families without a safe sleeping option for their newborn that is endorsed by the SID Center of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota and complies with crib safety guidelines of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. A founding principle of Second Stork is that we stand behind the medical professionals and social workers as they have the experience and education, including having them tell us what we give and not give in our diaper bags, for safe sleep, and even for the safest fabric for clothing and blankets. But why play yards, and why this type of model? Click here to read WHY.


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