The Baby Buggy, Inc.

Baby Buggy provides essential items for infants and children to New York City families living in poverty. We accomplish this by collecting new and gently used items from corporations and families and delivering them to the communities with the highest rates of family poverty. Working with a network of social service sites throughout the five boroughs of New York, bringing cribs, strollers, clothing and diapers to families in need, we have delivered over 2,600,000 items to date.
Dec 19, 2014

Baby Buggy Dads Get a Chance to "Clown Around!"

Clownin
Clownin' Around with Dad

Though the weather outside was frightful, the Circus was so delightful for dads and families from Baby Buggy's Fatherhood Initaitive last week!  Dads participating in our partner programs in the Bronx, Central Queens, and the Rockaways were invited to a night out with their children at the Big Apple Circus thanks to the generosity of our long-time supporter Bloomberg.  Over 70 dads, moms, and children came from all over New York on a snowy evening for an incredible night out at the circus.  Many of the dads came from long distances using strollers donated to them by Baby Buggy and with their children bundled up in Baby Buggy coats, hats, and mittens.  When they arrived, Bloomberg volunteers were handing out warm cups of hot cocoa, mini candy canes, and of course, bright red clown noses for all! 

One little boy, Thomas, kept asking repeatedly, "When will the circus start, Daddy?  When?  When?"  His dad, Louis, explained to us that he had kept this trip to the circus a suprise and only revealed what was in store after he and Thomas strolled by the fountains at Lincoln Center and saw the large Big Apple Circus sign.  Louis then said, "Oh look, there is a circus here tonight...wouldn't that be fun to go to?"  Thomas said, "Yes, it would."  Louis then exclaimed, "Well, guess what, I am taking you to the circus tonight!!!"  Needless to say, Thomas was over the moon about this and happily popped his red clown nose right on the tip of his nose as he excitedly sipped hot cocoa.  Louis shared with us that this circus outing would be a lifelong memory for them and that getting to do special things with his son was something that there was just never enough time or money for. 

In addition to providing essential items to children in need like strollers, winter clothes, cribs, and car seats, Baby Buggy aims to provide dads like Louis with opportunities for meaningful father-child bonding that would not otherwise be possible.  Over and over again, the program leaders from our fatherhood partners tell us that what children need and want most is the gift of time with their dads.  They also tell us that Baby Buggy-donated items (diapers, educational toys, cribs, car seats, etc.) can often be what makes that happen.  For non-custodial dads, for example, we hear repeatedly that when we provide a car seat to a low-income dad in an outer borough, like the Rockaways in Queens, he can then take his child to various activities or doctor's appointments or to school safely in a car.  Sometimes it is something as simple as diapers, a bathtub, or age-appropriate books and toys, so a child can stay over at dad's place happily and safely.

With incredible partners like Bloomberg, we are able to provide these dads with the ultimate gift, a lifelong memory of a special night out with dad.  The children who attended this event with their fathers will never forget watching the parade of camels, the hilarious clowns, the acrobatic jugglers, or the death-defying trapeze artists.  But, what they will remember most is that they watched this incredible show sharing popcorn and corn dogs with their dads. 

Ready for the Show!
Ready for the Show!
More Clownin
More Clownin' Around
Bloomberg Volunteer Painting Faces
Bloomberg Volunteer Painting Faces
Baby Buggy Dads & Families Ready for the Circus
Baby Buggy Dads & Families Ready for the Circus
A Night to Remember
A Night to Remember

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Oct 29, 2014

What a Difference Two Years Can Make!

It
It's a Sunny Day!

Two years ago, on October 29th, Superstorm Sandy swooped in and turned the lives of New Yorkers upside down.  While most were able to settle back into their normal lives rather quickly, many of Baby Buggy's families--who were already living in the upside-down world of poverty--were not able to hit reset on their lives quite so quickly.  Baby Buggy has worked closely with partner sites in the Rockaways, Lower Manhattan, Brooklyn, Staten Island, New Jersey, and Long Island for the past two years to help vulnerable families rebuild their lives. 

With your generous support, we have provided new tables, chairs, art supplies, and desks for Head Start centers.  We have provided air purifiers and air mattresses to families whose apartments were flooded and then covered in mold in the span of a few weeks.  We have provided diapers and wipes to newborn babies whose low-income first-time moms lost everything in the storm.  We have helped an incredible family center re-open in the Rockaways to serve even more families now than they could before the storm.  We have provided backpacks, school supplies, and school clothing for children in Early Head Start programs who were finally able to return to sparkling new classrooms after years of rebuilding.  We have provided gift cards for groceries and household supplies for families who didn't have enough food to eat as they waited to move into new housing.  We have given fathers strollers and car seats for their children so they can spend time with their children while keeping them safe.  We provided Metrocards to families who were displaced and living in shelters so they could continue to commute back to the early education centers and schools their children had been attending before Sandy hit. 

And, perhaps most importantly, Baby Buggy let the thousands of vulnerable moms, dads, and children who were affected by this storm know that they would not be forgotten even as it took years for them to rebuild their lives.  The drawing from a student at the Early Head Start in the Rockaways above is a vivid reminder that while there will always be rain and storms, now, "it's a sunny day."  Thank you for bringing the sunshine back to the lives of so many Baby Buggy families who felt flooded by Superstorm Sandy for so long.

Back to school at last in the Rockaways
Back to school at last in the Rockaways
All dressed up and ready to learn
All dressed up and ready to learn
A bright new day in the Rockaways
A bright new day in the Rockaways

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Sep 24, 2014

Jerry Seinfeld&Co for #BBFatherhoodInitiative

Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Strahan + VIP dads
Jerry Seinfeld, Michael Strahan + VIP dads

As many of you know, Baby Buggy created its Fatherhood Initiativein 2010  to help fathers become more engaged in their children’s lives. Thanks to donors like you and the folks at Global Giving, Baby Buggy has now donated 326,341 items through 16 different programs to over 20,000 dads and their children in both New York and Los Angeles.    

Yesterday we held the Inaugural Fatherhood Initiative Lunch to celebrate the program and to get dads of all backgrounds invested in our work.  Over 100 dads came out to show their support for the initiative including notable fathers Dan Abrams, Nigel Barker, Mark Consuelos, Neil Patrick Harris, Hugh Jackman, Woody Johnson, Jim Jones, and Michael Strahan. We owe special thanks to Jerry Seinfeld for hosting the event and for his leadership support of the Fatherhood Initiative since its inception. We also owe big thanks to Bruce Bozzi and The Palm for hosting and covering all costs for the lunch, In addition, Acura, Gucci, and Johnson & Johnson for their generous support of the Initiative.

The event raised more than $217k; our goal for the program is $225k.  We hope that you will help us close that gap in the following ways:

*Consider an additional gift to the program 

*Direct your friends, colleagues and family to this site to learn more about the program

*If you are on Twitter, pls Tweet: Be #Dadicated like me + support the @LoveRecycled #BBFatherhoodInitative via:  http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/baby-supplies-in-support-of-fathering-initiatives/

Many thanks for your continued support.  You know now you are in great company!  We are very lucky to have you in the Baby Buggy family.

Sincerely,

Katherine

                                                   

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