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Second Stork provides immediate access to critical care items for newborns in need by working through staff in Minnesota hospitals.
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 has no religious nor politically partisan affiliation or agendas in its mission or operations, instead it works to unify all people to come together to help others in need. Second Stork also works in ways to always respect the dignity of people in need, including giving them the same prideful 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.
In 2016, we helped nearly 2100 families by networking with over 60 Minnesota hospitals.
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 recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics 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 and for safe sleep. But why play yards, and why this type of model? Click here to read WHY.