Del Mar and Carmel Valley libraries collecting baby clothing for military, families in need

The Del Mar and Carmel Valley branches of the San Diego County Library are collecting baby clothing for Gently Hugged, a non-profit organization located in Rancho Bernardo. Gently Hugged collects new and gently used baby clothing that is packaged and given to nurses and social workers for distribution to needy babies in military and low-income families.

A box is packed, labeled for a boy or girl that includes a full array of newborn to 12 month sizes. This includes: short and long sleeved onesies, sleepers, bibs, overalls, pants, jackets, dresses, blankets, socks, hats, board books and health information for parents. Baby-sized quilts are greatly appreciated! Gently Hugged distributes the boxes to the San Diego County Public Health Nurses, Neighborhood Healthcare, Vista Hill, Operation Homefront (military families), Family Recovery Center, County of San Diego Probation: Teen WATCh Program, and Victims of Torture.

The Del Mar Library is located at 1309 Camino Del Mar Del Mar, CA 92014.

The Carmel Valley Library is located at 3919 Townsgate Drive San Diego, CA 92130. They will be collecting clothing for the month of September. Tax donation receipts are available on the collection bins. A special need exists for 9 and 12 month sleepers for boys and girls! Please visit