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.
Feb 24, 2012

Empowering and Supporting Fathers

Baby Buggy is committed to supporting innovative fathering programs that help fathers feel empowered to embrace and establish their role as a father and accept the responsibilities that accompany it; these programs offer services including individual counseling, educational father support groups, child support assistance, educational support and career development.  Baby Buggy has now distributed over 61,150 critical baby items, including cribs, strollers, high chairs, books, toys, and many other essential items through our new fatherhood initiative!

Evidence suggests that men who are under financial strain or who have unstable employment have more difficulty being responsible fathers.  In order to help ease financial burdens, Baby Buggy provides fathers participating in Baby Buggy's network fathering programs with donations of clothing, gear and baby supplies that they need to keep their children safe and healthy.  These donations often help the fathers have access to their children since they are
able to contribute to their children's physical well-being, which gives them the opportunity to be actively involved in their children's lives.

Thanks to the generosity of Bloomberg, Hasbro, Simon & Schuster, as well as other donors, Baby Buggy was able to provide many of the fathers with holiday gift bags, as well as donations of toys, books and accessories to be given to their children as holiday gifts.  These families do not have the means to buy holiday gifts for their families, let alone many of the essential baby items Baby Buggy has provided them with.  The families were very touched by Baby Buggy's efforts to bring warmth and cheer to their family during the holiday season.

Dec 1, 2011

Time for Play!

Baby Cooking - such a hit!
Baby Cooking - such a hit!

Baby Buggy was able to offer the fathers enrolled in the Bronx Fatherhood Program a fun workshop on Healthy Attachment and Developmental Play facilitated by Steven Gass, President of Every Baby Company.   Steven facilitated an engaging workshop for families enrolled in the program focusing on the importance of play and positive interaction with children to help children learn, develop and navigate this bright new world!  The families did baby cooking, baby science and even baby math activities. 

The workshop was incredibly empowering for the dads showing them that they can play such a pivitol role in their child's learning and development using simple items that everyone has around their apartment!  All of the families went home with Eebee's dvds and baby cook books!

Baby Buggy has continued to provide our four fatherhood programs with donations of essential baby products for their children - to date, we have provided these programs with over 45, 780 baby items including cribs, strollers, high chairs, diapers, toys and clothing.

We are excited to have our volunteers wrap holiday gifts of toys, books and dvds for our client families in the upcoming weeks to make this a special holidays for all of the families we serve through these incredible programs!

Aug 31, 2011

Summer Festivities and Giving!

Fathers with Baby Buggy Gifts
Fathers with Baby Buggy Gifts

As summer is wrapping up and we reflect on the past few months, we feel proud of what Baby Buggy has been able
to accomplish through our Fatherhood Initiative! This summer, Baby Buggy supported and celebrated the graduation events and graduates of three New York City fathering programs in the Bronx and Queens.  Graduates received a graduation gift bag including ties and dress shirts from Brooks Brothers; watches from Pixelmoda; grooming sets from Kiehl’s; backpacks from HADDAD; tasty baby food and toddler snacks from Plum Organics; soothing creams
from Episencials; bassinets, carriers and travel cots from Phil and Ted’s;  accessories from The Children’s Place; and sippy cups from Green to Grow.

Through our Fatherhood Initiative, Baby Buggy has been able to donate over 35,056 items to fathers enrolled in
fathering programs helping them provide for their families!  These donations include cribs, strollers, clothing, diapers, books and toys, as well as any other essential baby items and gear.  These fathering programs help fathers feel empowered to embrace fatherhood and the responsibilities that accompany it by addressing issues such as relationship building, implementing positive parenting and discipline strategies, improving their relationship with their child’s mother, as well as helping a father establish his role within the family.  These initiatives also help father with career development, finding employment, and financial literacy. 

In cases where the father is no longer in a relationship with his child’s mother, we often hear that his child’s mother is more likely to allow him to visit his child when he comes bearing diapers, clothing, a stroller, etc. Having the father come with a contribution for his child often helps repair the relationship between the father and his child’s mother. 

The following are case highlights for two fathers enrolled in the Fathers First program in Queens:

Salvatore has participated in the Fathers First Program over the last several months.  Recently, after the birth of his daughter Salvatore enrolled in the armed forces.  His wife has since struggled at home raising their daughter.  The donations from Baby Buggy bring great relief to Salvatore while he is away. He feels that he is still able to provide for his family even though he is not there physically.  They were greatly touched by the formula, bottles, Sippy cups, diapers and other baby items that they very much needed.  Salvatore was unable to make the graduation ceremony at Fathers First due to his deployment. Thanks to Baby Buggy’s donation of graduation gifts they were able to send him grooming kits from Keihl’s, Brooks Brothers shirts and other items.  Salvatore was blown away by the gift.

Ronald is a non-custodial father with a 10-month old daughter.  He has a rather rocky relationship with his daughter’s mother, which often results in less time with his daughter.  With the items and supplies from Baby Buggy,
Ronald is able to help provide for his daughter, and at the same time be a significant partner with his child’s mother when it comes to raising their daughter.  He is now able to call her and say that he has things to bring by for her such as diapers, new bottles and clothing.  With each visit he was able to spend time with his daughter as well as provide her with essential items.

We are incredibly proud of these graduates and all of the effort they put into completing these rigorous programs in spite of their many responsibilities and busy schedules.  They all made a great commitment to complete these programs and we look forward to hearing about their accomplishments as they continue on this path of success. 

Graduates with Certificates
Graduates with Certificates
Father and Baby with More Baby Buggy Gifts
Father and Baby with More Baby Buggy Gifts

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