Supplies for Baby Buggy Fatherhood Initiative

 
$5,662
$4,338
Raised
Remaining
Nov 7, 2012

Support for Fatherhood Programs Needed More Now Than Ever After Hurricane Sandy!

Baby Buggy has now provided over 100,000 items to families in need through our network of Fatherhood Programs in New York City and Los Angeles; this includes a donation that went out today to Fathers First, a fatherhood program located in the Rockaways, as their center was damaged by the hurricane and many of their families have been displaced by the hurricane and have lost their homes due to a fire related to the hurricane.  These families have lost everything and Baby Buggy is working very hard to provide them with the essentials they need during this challenging time - everything ranging from warm coats, clothing and blankets to formula, baby food and water.  They are going to need donations for months to come as they work to rebuild their lives and homes.

The fathers in these families are enrolled in reputable, impactful fatherhood programs that give them the knowledge and skills necessary for fatherhood, while offering them support, guidance and encouragement along the way so they can be involved in their children's lives.  These programs also offer educational workshops focusing on parenting skills, conflict resolution, and financial education, as well as many other topics to help give fathers the skills necessary to build a stable life for their families.

The team from the Children's Institute's Fatherhood Program in LA provided the following anecdote and case story to demonstrate the impact of Baby Buggy donations in the lives of their client families:

Our Fatherhood program overall has been significantly impacted by this partnership with Baby Buggy.  We have seen an increase in father’s attendance and participation in the groups resulting from increased visitation from their
children’s primary caregivers (either the mother or grandmother).  It has instilled a sense of pride in so many of these fathers that we have not seen before.  They feel like they are contributing in a meaningful way to their child and to their families that they so desperately want to be a part of.  For that, we are forever grateful for this partnership and your continuing support.  As you know, it is so important to have fathers play an active an meaningful role in their children’s lives – these children have better attendance at school, better grades and significantly less gang
involvement.  Thank you!  You are impacting hundreds and thousands of children and their families.  I think our hope is that one day we’ll both be put out of business… : ) Until then, we are so thankful for your dedication and generosity!  THANK YOU BABY BUGGY!!!

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Hector is a single parent to 14 month old baby Cierra.  His wife left him and moved back to Guatamala to be with her family when Cierra was just 3 months old.  Hector has been an inspiration to the other fathers in our Fatherhood group here at Otis Booth.  He participates in every group session and is always cheery and upbeat.  He works as many jobs as he can – he has four steady jobs but he picks up other small odd jobs when possible so he can provide for Cierra.  He wants to provide the absolute best he can for Cierra so he has been able to rent a small one room apartment for the two of them.  Our partnership with Baby Buggy has been amazing for this family.  Hector works as hard as he can to provide for Cierra.  The Delta pack'n'play donatd by Baby Buggy has been amazing – he was overwhelmed with tears of joy when he was able to move Cierra into a proper bed.  They had previously been sharing a mattress on the ground.  As Cierra has become more mobile, Hector has noted a need to have her in a safe space while he is getting ready for work.  He has always wanted her to have a space of her own to sleep in.  Hector recently was able to receive a Bugaboo stroller from Baby Buggy as well so he no longer has to carry Cierra everywhere.  Cierra just LOVES it too!  He really feels like someone believes in him – believes in their little family and that goes such a long way – thank you Baby Buggy, Delta and Bugaboo!

Warmest
Regards,

Your friends at CII

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Organization

The Baby Buggy, Inc.

New York, New York, United States
http://www.babybuggy.org

Project Leader

Laurel West

Program Director
New York, New York United States

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Map of Supplies for Baby Buggy Fatherhood Initiative