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.
Oct 29, 2014

What a Difference Two Years Can Make!

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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

                                                   

Sep 16, 2014

Happy "Dads Take Your Child to School" Day!

Ready for Early Head Start with Dad!
Ready for Early Head Start with Dad!

Did you know that today is “Dads Take Their Child to School” Day?  Baby Buggy has been investing in high-quality fatherhood programs since 2010 because we know just how important father involvement is for children…particularly when it comes to education. In fact, research shows that when dads are more actively involved in a child’s education, they show sizable improvements in their academic performance and stay in school longer.  Dads (and other male caregivers) in our partner programs are proudly taking their children to Early Head Start programs, Head Start programs, and primary schools all over New York today.  And, they are bringing the backpacks, school supplies, books, educational toys, and clothing they received from Baby Buggy!  Together, we are sending a very clear message that both moms AND dads care about their children’s education--we know that education is the best way to help break the cycle of poverty facing so many of the families we serve.

Jerome, a single father who participates in Baby Buggy’s Bronx Fatherhood program, will be taking his two sons to school today…just as he does every other school day. The mother of his children struggles with serious substance abuse issues and was not capable of caring for her children, which is how Jerome gained full custody of his children. He works all night as a security guard, but stays up to take his boys to school each morning.  He also cooks them dinner each night and picks them up from school before he leaves for work again in the evening.  Jerome is able to get some help from his family to watch the boys after he leaves for work, but he is really raising the boys entirely on his own. 

This is where the Baby Buggy and the Bronx Fatherhood program have come in to help make his efforts as a dad just a little bit easier.  Through group meetings with other dads, Jerome can share his challenges and joys as a single dad while receiving advice and encouragement from peers and parenting experts.  He has also received clothes, toys, books, and other school supplies for his children from Baby Buggy, which has helped enormously, as his salary as a security guard really only allows him to cover the very basics for his boys.  With Baby Buggy’s support, he has saved enough money to open a small savings account for his boys.  Jerome also said that the donations of school supplies and backpacks help him show his children just how much he values their education, “I want my boys to take school very seriously and to achieve much more than I have in my life.”  We think Jerome has already achieved quite a lot--as an incredible father to his two sons!

Ready to Read with Dad!
Ready to Read with Dad!
Snack Time at School after Daddy Drop-Off
Snack Time at School after Daddy Drop-Off
Back to School with Baby Buggy Supplies
Back to School with Baby Buggy Supplies
Thanks Dad!
Thanks Dad!

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