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!
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