aw, shucks, thanks you guys!
we do need a lot of things, actually, and would be so appreciative of contributions from this lovely tribe of friends! My biggest concern right now is that we just moved in to our new house and haven't really had time to stock the pantry at all. Marvin and Rose are still pretty insecure about food, and I would love to have a plentiful food supply for the first while. since fresh food train meals are out, I was thinking maybe we could just put a box on our friend in Vancouver's porch and people could drop off any pantry item (or frozen stuff would be fine too -- mark is staying at this person's house until we get home so he doesn't have to do the big commute to go home to an empty house, and he can store them in the freezer there) or used clothes/shoes for winter in 18/24 mos/2T for girls (shoe size 5) and 3T or 4T for boys (shoe size 8).
we could also use a crock pot, rice cooker, breadmaker, and a stick mixer/blender/food processor/whatever, if anyone has old items like these, or happens to see them cheap on craigslist or value village. maybe if you have an item like this, you could tell Elena/Len (since she brought it up, thank you Elena!
) so nobody doubles up? or I guess you could tell me, or post here, it's not a big surprise.
also let me know if you see a stokke/hipposmile type chair (or two) on craigslist or value village or anywhere like that, we need two of those...
as for food, we are still figuring out what they like and don't like, so anything your kids like would be great to try. pantry item staples for us are along the lines of black beans and kidney beans, brown rice, pasta, quinoa, tortillas, normal cheerios, almond/hemp/soy milk, natural peanut butter, rice cakes, crackers, any snack foods that your kids like, spices and seasonings (we lost ours in the move), annie's mac -n- cheese, and convenience foods that aren't full of chemicals -- anything you've tried and liked, really.
oh, anything that's good for building up immune system and digestive health.
we'll be back home next weekend, hopefully, so all this week anyone in vancouver could drop off items on the front porch couch (I'll ask mark to put a box out there, but on the couch is fine if there is no box yet) at 3868 Laurel Street, which is near douglas park. it's between 23rd and 22nd on Laurel, on the east side of the street, and has a bench out front on the boulevard. anyone who wants to help out who lives far away could send a gift card maybe? I think you can order them online from both trader joe's and target, and those are both nearby. our home address is 2231 H. St. Rd, Blaine, WA, 98230 for anything like that.
I appreciate this so much you guys, we are so unprepared with this happening so fast and unexpectedly, and right after we moved. not to mention the cost involved -- our heads are spinning a little...
thanks again, we really appreciate any and all help!