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.
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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Jul 2, 2014

Declaring Independence from Superstorm Sandy!

Time to Cut the Ribbon!
Time to Cut the Ribbon!

As the July 4th holiday approaches, Baby Buggy has helped the Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) declare independence from Superstorm Sandy!  The VNSNY Early Head Start and Father's First programs in Far Rockaway just held an inspiring Grand Re-Opening ceremony at their beautiful new building, the Early Steps Family Center.  Baby Buggy was honored to be a part of this special day and participated in a joyous ribbon cutting ceremony on the roof playground. 

When Superstorm Sandy hit the Rockaways in October of 2012, the VNSNY program office was completely flooded and destroyed in a matter of hours.  In the end, they determined that rebuilding was not a viable option.  The teachers, social workers, and administrators found a building nearby on slightly higher ground that they dreamed would become their new family center.  Fifteen months later, on a gorgeous summer afternoon with the sandy Rockaway beaches in full view, VNSNY officially opened this incredible new family center. 

Since the storm hit, Baby Buggy has been working with our long-time partners at VNSNY to help their families with emergency assistance and long-term rebuilding support.  We have provided clothing, furniture, strollers, cribs, food, gift cards, air purifiers, school supplies, and more to meet the ongoing needs of the low-income families whose lives were turned upside down by Sandy.  We were thrilled to be able to help out with this Grand Re-Opening celebration too and helped with food, decorations, and donated Baby Buggy Beach Buckets filled with summer goodies for all the children in the programs.

Right before the ribbon cutting, a teacher in the Early Head Start program, Mrs. Hubbard, shared her vivid reflections on how Sandy affected her both personally and professionally.  Even though the teachers and other staff members had lost power and homes as well, they all came down to the site immediately following the storm.  They banded together to provide support for each other and to identify the immediate needs of the families they work with day in and day out.  She said that everyone was overjoyed when Baby Buggy staff showed up in a rented U-Haul truck filled with essential items.  Mrs. Hubbard recounted how Baby Buggy helped her personally as well when she received a portable heater for her apartment a few days after the storm.  She then joked, though, that while she didn’t actually have any power to plug the heater into at that point, it came in very handy once power was restored! 

The silver lining to the very dark clouds of Superstorm Sandy, though, is that the new center is now actually able to serve even more children and families.   The old center could serve 75 children and now they have the capacity to serve 185 in their amazing new space!  Baby Buggy will continue to support these resilient families and VNSNY staff members to ensure that they are free from the many challenges brought on by Sandy.   Happy Independence Day to all!

Jomael from Father
Jomael from Father's First with Taylor
Laurel (Baby Buggy) & Michael (VNSNY) Decorating
Laurel (Baby Buggy) & Michael (VNSNY) Decorating
Teacher Mrs. Hubbard Sharing Her Sandy Memories
Teacher Mrs. Hubbard Sharing Her Sandy Memories
Ready for Summer ! EHS Child & Teacher
Ready for Summer ! EHS Child & Teacher
The Center is Officially Open!
The Center is Officially Open!

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