Elena from Chicago, Illinois

I'm due to have my second child soon; I need baby gear to keep my child safe.

We have been a one-income household during the pandemic; baby equipment will keep our newborn safe and help us stay above water.


I am a 35 year old mother of a four year old son, and I am expecting my second child to be born in July. I currently don't work; I was working at a hospital and being pregnant I didn't want to put my four year old son and myself at risk.

My goals are once my new baby is born and is older to change careers. I want to go back to school and start a new career working at a daycare or preschool where it won't be as stressful. But my ultimate goal is to be a great example for my two kids.

I need a variety of essential gear once my baby is born so my baby is kept safe. The most important gear I need is a playpen, stroller, bouncer and swing. Unfortunately, I currently don’t work so it is challenging to purchase these items with only one income in our household.

Meeting this need will help me because it will reduce the stress I am feeling with my due date getting closer. Being 9 weeks away from my due date and not having anything has me stressed. Having those items will ensure that my baby is safe once delivered and help me feel more relaxed.

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Validated by Kayla from VOCEL (What does this mean?)

I have known Elena through our VOCEL Child Parent Academy program here at VOCEL. This is our two-generational early learning program. Elena is a very active participant in our program. She is a very dedicated mother and wants the absolute best for her son. Elena is very grateful for any form of support she receives. Meeting this need is vitally important for Elena because it would reduce her stress after her baby is delivered by ensuring she has the essential gear to keep the baby safe and healthy.

About Kayla

I am the Program Director for VOCEL's Child Parent Academy and pilot program Powered by VOCEL. VOCEL's, which stands for Viewing Our Children as Emerging Leaders, believes that every child has the right to a foundation that will allow him/her/them to learn, grow, and lead and provides free quality… Read more

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