Baby Buggy has donated over 80,300 items to the five fatherhood programs we support in the Bronx, Queens and Los Angeles! In the last three months alone, Baby Buggy has donated over 5,026 diapers, 26, 660 organic baby and toddler food items, 1,660 clothing items, 365 books, 86 safe sleeping spaces, 80 packs of wipes, 35 highchairs, among many other essential baby items to our fatherhood programs. These donations provide our client families with the tools they need to keep their children healthy and safe, while improving their overall well-being.
In March, Baby Buggy partnered with KIND for the ‘Do the KIND Thing’ initiative in LA and NYC. In an effort to address the needs of struggling families, Tiffani Thiessen and Elisabeth Rohm called on people everywhere tocarry out one act of kindness by lending a helping hand to a parent, which could mean holding a door for a mom or dad with a stroller or babysitting free of charge. Tiffani and Elisabeth paid these kind acts forward in support of BabyBuggy and delivered over 3,850 diapers and wipes to families in need enrolled in the fathering program at the Children’s Institute in LA and over 2,000 diapers and wipes to families at Little Sisters of the Assumption in NYC. These diaper donations help address a continuous, non-negotiable need – just like food - for our client families with young children. It takes someone two hours of work at minimum wage to purchase a pack of diapers and overnment assistance programs do not provide or cover diapers. As a result, 79% of moms in diaper need have had to cut back on other essentials like food and utilities in order to cover the cost of diapers; some are even forced to cleanout and reuse diapers as they do not have any alternatives. Many child care facilities require a supply of diapers in order for children to be placed in their facility; if parents are not able to provide a supply of diapers, they cannot place their children in child care impacting their employment.
Baby Buggy received the following case story from the Children’s Institute about one of the client families we provided with a donation recently:
Ivan Solares has 15 month old twins – a little boy and girl. Through the generosity of Baby Buggy and their product donors Delta and Dorel, CII was able to provide Ivan with a pack and play for each child and a high chair. Ivan has been attending our Fatherhood support groups for the past year and is just elated that he now has his children full-time. This transition happened quickly and a bit unexpectedly as the mother was just recently incarcerated.
Needless to say, Ivan was ill prepared to take care of two small children and he didn’t have any baby items in his apartment. While Ivan is employed full-time it wouldn’t have been possible for him to purchase these items on his own (he currently lives on just over $12,000 per year).
It means so much for Ivan to be able to provide a place to sleep and eat for his little ones. His goal is to bring these babies up in a better environment than he was brought up in. He was raised in the projects and surrounded by gang activity from a very small age. Ivan just wants to provide the very best that he can for his babies and this is a great start for him! Thank you so much for your help!
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 areable 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.
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!
As summer is wrapping up and we reflect on the past few months, we feel proud of what Baby Buggy has been ableto 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 creamsfrom 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 infathering 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.
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:
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 butshe 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.
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 wasdesigned 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 financialsupport.
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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