So many people are e-mailing asking what they can do to help, so I decided to give it some actual thought. Here's what we need:
1. Highchairs and booster seats. If you have them and don't want them, we'll take them. Either give us a call or an e-mail and we'll arrange to be at the cafe when you come by or we'll arrange pick-up.
2. Toys. Anything that can go in a dishwasher or be easily cleaned. Cleanliness is next to ---liness. Or whatever.
3. Books. Kiddie books and parenting books. Books are the bomb.
Anything that is donated that we can't use we will take to a shelter or some organization that makes good use of kiddie stuff.
We also need a few large appliances. If anyone out there works in the restaurant industry and has a line on restaurant equipment - used and cheap - we'd love to hear about it!
Lastly, we need ideas. We have so much planned for the cafe itself, but more suggestions are great.
Is anyone interested in having perhaps a company work party at the cafe some evening when we are closed to the public? Does anyone work for or know an event planner? We need to pick up our cash flow now that we are close to opening and most of our money has gone out while none has come in. This harkens back to an entry a while back about losing one of our loans for a big chunk of money we were sort of counting on. I'm just putting it out there. You never know if you don't ask! More updates soon!