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Supporting Milk Banks...Everywhere

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Spoke with Georgia Morrow, the director of the Mother's Milk Bank here in Columbus, Ohio by email today. (Georgia has been my contact there through most of my experience as a donor and she's just a total sweetheart. When I ran into problems with my supply about six months into pumping, she was great about helping me figure out what the problem was.)

Anyway, the hospital that houses the milk bank has agreed to let us move forward with promoting them via the shirts. We'll likely be creating some shirts specially for the Ohio Mother's Milk Bank, but what we'll also do is set it up so that they can purchase ones at cost to sell on their own. This way we can offer up their choice of any of our great pro milk banking shirts with their own "Mother's Milk Bank of Ohio" text across the back shoulder.

The idea is that we can spread this out to apply to any milk bank. Say the San Jose milk bank wants to do a fundraiser by selling shirts. We can sell to any of the milk banks at cost, put their own logo or name on the back and they can resell the shirts at a mark-up to raise money for their operations.

To that end, I've added another shirt to the mix designed to help promote human milk banking that can be worn by non-donors as well. Check out the new "With the breast of intentions" shirt.

As I've mentioned before, any profits earned from the milk bank promotion shirts will be donated toward the Mother's Milk Bank here in Columbus, Ohio. I'm hoping that other milk banks will be interested in them for fundraisers as well. I'll be selling any of the milk bank promotion products at cost to anyone out there that wishes to purchase them to use for a fundraiser. If you know someone that might be interested, just have them drop me an email at thejenn at gmail dot com.