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 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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Jun 13, 2014

Making Every Day Father's Day

A Dad & His Baby Girl at the Bedtime Bash
A Dad & His Baby Girl at the Bedtime Bash

Here at Baby Buggy, we don't just celebrate dads on Father's Day, we work with exceptional fatherhood programs across the country to let fathers know that they are valued every day.  Through our partnerships with high-quality fatherhood initaitives, Baby Buggy encourages fathers from all walks of life to engage more fully with their children. 

We kicked off "Father's Month" last week by bringing together a group of leaders from four of the fatherhood programs we partner with in Los Angeles and New York.  We began with a tour of our jam-packed warehouse while the rest of our team was preparing for our annual Bedtime Bash carnvial fundraiser in Central Park.  The leaders of the fatherhood programs enjoyed seeing firsthand how donated items like baby clothes are sorted, screened, and bundled in preparation for distribution to the dads and children we serve.  As we walked by a tall tower of infant bathtubs, one of our partners shared a story of how a bathtub helped one of the dads in his program spend more time with his daughter.  This father did not have primary custody of his baby daughter, but after receiving a bathtub and some bath toys from Baby Buggy, his daughter couldn't wait to come to his place, where she can now safely take bubble baths and spend quality time with daddy.

Following our warehouse tour, we dove into a lively discussion covering both the opportunities and challenges that come with working in the fatherhood arena.  The program leaders shared how difficult it can be to convince the general public, supporters, and even the dads in their own programs, that the stereotype of the "deadbeat dad" is rarely accurate.  So many of the dads in these programs never had dads in their own lives, so everyone is working to break this painful cycle.  Everyone agreed that if we really want to improve the lives of low-income children in meaningful ways, fathers must be part of the equation.  Together, we will continue to provide these fathers with the tools they need to keep their children happy and healthy.

After a day of "talking shop," we celebrated together at our annual Bedtime Bash carnival the next day. Over 100 low-income children and fathers--from our Bronx Fatherhood program, the Forestdale Fathering Initiative in Queens, and the Father's First program in Far Rockaway--joined the festivities.  The families enjoyed a fun summer evening, eating hot dogs and popsicles, riding carnival rides, and making memories. Ronnie, one of the fathers from the Forestdale program, brought his adorable three-month-old daughter Lily in an infant carrier provided by Baby Buggy.  Ronnie shared that "being a father means everything to me," and he strolled through the carnival grounds proudly showing off his baby girl. He said that Baby Buggy makes him feel supported as a new father and that the workshops and counseling provided through the Forestdale Fathering Initiative have made him a better father and a better man.  It was clear to us from talking with Ronnie that little Lily is one lucky lady!  Another highlight of the event was when some of the dads from our programs were able to meet and talk fatherhood with Jerry Seinfeld, a key supporter of our Fatherhood Initiative, and George Stephanopoulos, a long-time donor to Baby Buggy.  We are proud to have so many incredible dads in our corner and we thank you for your support of our work.  Happy Father's Day!

Fatherhood Leaders & Our Staff at the Warehouse
Fatherhood Leaders & Our Staff at the Warehouse
Sharing Best Practices with Colleagues
Sharing Best Practices with Colleagues
Working Together to Support Low-Income Dads
Working Together to Support Low-Income Dads
Fun at the Bedtime Bash Carnival!
Fun at the Bedtime Bash Carnival!
A Great Group of Dads at the Bedtime Bash
A Great Group of Dads at the Bedtime Bash

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