UnRegistry: A Registry for Parents Who Already Have Everything
The UnRegistry is for parents who already have everything. Instead of getting things you don't need and that just clutter up your space, you can encourage effective donations that save children's lives!
I invite you to copy and paste the text below into a document of your choosing.
You can adjust it to fit your needs (for instance, by individualizing the parts that are highlighted and adding the name of your child, if you already have it). If you are expecting or adopting multiples, you can easily adjust the text by changing "little one" to "little ones", "child" to "children" and using "them" pronouns.
You can also adjust the text for other events where people tend to want to give gifts.
UnRegistry Template Text
Hi and thank you for your willingness to gift something to our sweet little one.
We actually have everything we need (and more). We have more than enough clothes and books and toys.
In fact, we haven’t created a registry because we genuinely cannot think of something our child needs that we don’t yet have. (Well, other than parents with the patience of a saint…😉.)
But what if you would still like to get something for the little one?
Well, that’s where the Un-Registry comes in!
Here’s an amazing and potentially life-saving gift for our child: mosquito nets!
That’s right! We would so appreciate a donation to a charity that helps save lives. It’s called Against Malaria (the stats on this page are from their website).
Malaria kills around 625,000 people each year. 70% of these people are children under 5.
That’s thousands and thousands of little kids, all as wonderful as ours, that die from a preventable disease each year. In addition to taking the lives of so many children, Malaria is also the #1 killer of pregnant women.
The good news is that it’s easy to prevent Malaria infections!
For a donation of just 2 US$ (roughly the cost of a pacifier), you can gift a mosquito net that protects 2 people for 3-4 years from being bitten by mosquitos at night.
For 10 US$ (roughly the cost of a onesie), you can gift 5 mosquito nets.
I cannot think of any other gift that would make our child happier than being told that her/his/their existence caused someone (you?) to donate to something so important.
You can donate to Against Malaria online here.
If you like, you can donate in the name of our little one or print out a gift certificate that we or you can keep for her/him/them until she/he is they/are old enough.
Do you know somebody who could use it? Please share it with them!
Sharing really is caring and together, we can make a difference (for about 600 distributed malaria nets, one child's life is saved)!
Unlike all my other creations, the UnRegistry is uncopyrighted. That means you can put it on your own website or do with it whatever you like. You don't have to credit me although I would love it if you could link to this page and leave a comment below with a link to your UnRegistry page so we can create connections.