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.
Jun 15, 2011

Exciting Month for Baby Buggy Fathering Initiative

BFP Family at the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash!
BFP Family at the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash!

June has been an exciting month for Baby Buggy’s fathering initiative! We kicked off the month by inviting several families and staff members from the Bronx Fatherhood Program (BFP) to attend Baby Buggy’s fifth Annual Bedtime Bash at Victorian Gardens in Central Park.  The families were guests of Baby Buggy and were able to ride all the fun rides, play all sorts of fun games and have delicious food and treats – they were also sent home with fun gift bags and activity desks from B.Toys.  This was a great opportunity for the families to really enjoy themselves in a stress-free environment (we often hear from our donors that this event is one of their favorite days of the year!).  It also provided the families with an opportunity to bond with each other outside of the program.  It was such so nice to see all the families having such a wonderful time! 

One of the BFP staff members that attended the event shared the following with us:

Dear Baby Buggy,

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you for allowing the Bronx Fatherhood Program clients and staff to participate in this year’s bedtime bash. It was tremendously memorable for all of our clients because it gave them an opportunity to unwind with their family and friends.  The Baby Buggy staff was very warm and attentive to our clients and their families, making sure that they were comfortable and enjoying the event. Many of our clients stated that this event was one of the best things they had ever attended. We are very grateful to the Baby Buggy staff and all of the donors who were involved in organizing this amazing event.

A client enrolled in the fathering program had the following to say:

Dear Baby Buggy,

I want to thank you for allowing me and my daughters to participate in such a fun event. My three year old daughter Larissa really enjoyed the rides and characters. Her sister Lauren (one year old) was too young to join in but
she had just as much fun stuffing her face with the tasty food that was provided for us. Aside from the gifts, I mostly appreciate the smiles on my daughters’ faces and the quality time we got to spend together. Again thank you, I am so happy my family had a chance to be apart of such a positive and fun event.

Sincerely,

Brandon

This past week Baby Buggy and some of our Board Members attended the Bronx Fatherhood Program graduation and celebrated the many accomplishments of 19 graduates.  The graduation was incredibly moving and many tears were shed as we honored these dads for all their hard work in completing this intense, 16-week program and overcoming many unthinkable challenges.   Baby Buggy provided each graduate with a graduation gift including ties and dress shirts from Brooks Brothers; watches from Pixelmoda; grooming sets from Khiel’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; Lego sets; accessories from Children’s Place; and sippy cups from Green to Grow.  We also donated bath products, diapers and wipes, a crib, strollers, formula and bottles that were generously purchased by members of the NYC Dads Group!

The Bronx Fatherhood Program targets 16-24 year-old non-custodial fathers residing in the South Bronx and was
designed to provide opportunities for fathers to gain access to their children and to increase their understanding of their rights, roles and responsibilities as they relate to parenting.  The program seeks to help these men establish consistent contact with their children, meaningful relationships, and also provides them with material and/or financial
support. 

We look forward to providing the 140+ Bronx Fatherhood clients with regular donations of gear, diapers, clothing, books and other baby items to support the incredible work they are doing!

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May 23, 2011

Providing Bronx Families with Essentials

Baby Buggy provided client families enrolled in the St. Anthony's Family Resource Center with donations totaling 3,231 items this last reporting cycle!  These donations included high chairs, diapers, wipes, clothing, books, toys, strollers and car seats.  These donations were distributed to meet the critical needs of families enrolled at this Head Start program, which promotes school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. This program engages parents in their children's learning and help them in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals.

Baby Buggy donations not only help meet the recipient families' critical needs, but also help ensure the safety, health and well-being of the children served.  Donations are also distributed as incentives to encourage participate in various programs, such as financial education workshops and parenting classe, which help client families reach their personal and professional goals.  Baby Buggy could not be more proud of the families enrolled in the St. Anthony's Family Resource Center for taking such brave action steps towards achieving life-changing goals!

 

 

 



Feb 15, 2011

Greater Support for Bronx Families in Need

Baby Buggy has been striving to increase distribution in the Bronx through Baby Buggy’s Family Resource Center at St. Anthony’s Head Start as the Bronx continues to have the highest child poverty rate across boroughs, with 82.9% of families with children living in poverty.   Baby Buggy was thrilled to be able to provide families enrolled in it's Bronx Family Resource Center  with a recent donation that included 7,144 items!  This donation included many gear items, including high chairs, strollers and car seats, as well as diapers, clothing, bath products, bedding and feeding supplies.  For the holidays, Baby Buggy was able to provide these families with 200 gift wrapped presents of toys and dvds, as well as books and holiday chocolate bars as a special treat. 

In the past six months, Baby Buggy has been able to distribute over 11,945 items to families enrolled in the Baby Buggy Family Resource Center at St. Anthony’s – a 129% increase in distribution compared to the previous 6 months.  Baby Buggy continues to refer the families at St. Anthony’s to various community resources providing services ranging from housing and immigration legal services to benefits screening and banking services in the community.  Baby Buggy often receives feedback that client families enrolled in the FRC are more likely to follow-through with these referrals, participate in educational offerings at St. Anthony’s and take the related action steps because they are receiving Baby Buggy donations as incentives.  The staff at St. Anthony’s is very thankful for this because it makes it easier to engage their clients, increase participation in various offerings, and make great strides at improving their current situations.  The following anecdote describes the impact of Baby Buggy’s FRC at St. Anthony’s:

‘Buggy is a way to service families in need.  Baby Buggy has been a God send to us.  It is a great feeling when a family enters the program and via a home visit we are able to identify that this is a family who will benefit from Baby Buggy donations.  It gives you a good feeling to open up the Baby Buggy Family Resource Room and know that these families can be taken care of immediately.  On the positive side for St. Anthony's we have seen a higher percent of parent participation during meetings and workshops and through volunteering’.

Maria Ramos, Center Supervisor at St. Anthony’s Head Start

Baby Buggy is looking forward to continuing our support of Bronx families in need through our Family Resource Center.  We will continue to donate items that are most essential for the families we serve, including baby gear, winter gear and clothing, diapers, as well as books and bath products.  Many thanks for supporting our work.

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