Baby Buggy has donated a total of 89,127 critical baby items and gear through our Fatherhood programs – these donations include strollers, car seats, highchairs, breast pumps, baby food, diapers, bottles and books, as well as many other baby supplies. Evidence suggests that men who are under financial strain or who have unstable employment have more challenges with being responsible fathers. In order to help ease financial burdens, Baby Buggy provides donations of baby items and gear to help fathers enrolled in Fatherhood programs become more involved in their children’s lives; they are more likely to ‘show up’ if they are able to go to their child’s mother’s doorstep with these crucial items in hand, knowing that they have something to contribute. This also makes the mother more likely to allow them to be a part of their child’s life.
These programs help equip fathers with the knowledge and skills needed for fatherhood – helping fathers feelempowered to embrace fatherhood and the responsibilities that accompany it by addressing issues such as relationship building, positive parenting and discipline strategies, improving the relationship with their child’s mother, career development and financial education, and helping a father establish his role within the family.
In June, Baby Buggy honored the strong commitment these fathers have demonstrated to being responsible fathers by inviting over 100 clients and their families to attend Baby Buggy’s Annual Bedtime Bash at Victorian Gardens in Central Park, just a few weeks before Father’s Day. The families enjoyed delicious food, fun rides, face painting, as well as many other activities and received Simon and Schuster children’s books with daddy themes. One of the programs that participated, Forestdale’s Fathering Initiative shared the following about their families that attended the event:
We are so grateful for the opportunity to be part of Baby Buggy’s Annual Bedtime Bash. It was a rare treat for Forestdale’s families to enjoy this delightful corner of Central Park in the company of family and new friends. The families who came to the Bash have all been involved in the Fathering Initiative, a Forestdale program that seeks to strengthen the role of fathers in their families.
Our group included many families with babies, children and teens. You may have seen Edwin and his fiancée Alana— Edwin has four children from a previous relationship and he and Alana have been very dedicated to making their new blended family work. They loved the opportunity to enjoy a festive evening out with the four little ones. AJ and Sarah also made the trek from Far Rockaway to be at the Bedtime Bash, bringing their three young children, Akira, Tayshaun and Denelle. AJ was previously enrolled in the Fathering Initiative program for younger fathers,and is now a counselor in the program. He and Sarah have overcome very difficult circumstances, including childhoods spent in homeless shelters and foster care, to build a strong, loving family for their children. It meant somuch to them to be invited and celebrated as a family at the Bash.
These and other families expressed their gratitude for the opportunity to bond with their children and enjoy the freerides, refreshments and goodies.
Baby Buggy is looking forward to continuing to support these innovative and impactful programs!
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