Baby supplies for 60 families in the Bronx

 
$6,962
$15,038
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Remaining

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!

 

 

 



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.

Baby Buggy's most recent donation to the Baby Buggy Family Resource Center at St. Anthony's Head Start in the Bronx included over 3,740 baby items and gear, which included the usual items ranging from diapers and strollers to car seats and bath tubs.  This donation also included adorable Halloween costumes so that the children enrolled in this program (and their siblings) would have beautiful costumes and be able to participate in Halloween festivities!  

This donation also included additional school supplies to ensure the children continue to have all the necessary supplies to be confident and successful in school.  We also supplied them with a range of winter gear to keep these little ones warm throughout the fall and winter.

Baby Buggy donations are distributed to client families enrolled in the Family Resource Center at St. Anthony's to meet their critical needs for baby items and gear.  Baby Buggy also distributes books, toys, bath products, etc. that can be distributed to families as incentives to encourage participation in various educational workshops addressing debt reduction/credit repair, career development, nutrition, safety, parenting, etc.  These incentives are also distributed when families reach their personal goals that have been set with the Family Workers at St. Anthony's.  These goals often include going back to school, obtaining employment, opening a checking/savings account, saving a specific amount of money, etc.

For the holidays, Baby Buggy is going to donate wrapped gifts of toys and books for the children at St. Anthony's and their siblings!  Baby Buggy wants to ensure the families enrolled in the Family Resource Center have all the baby items, gear, and winter clothing they need, as well as holiday gifts to bring some cheer into their lives during this holiday season.

Baby Buggy continues to support the 60 families enrolled in the Family Resource Center in the Bronx; these families receive regular donations of critical baby gear, diapers, clothing and many other essentials. Since March 2008, Baby Buggy has donated 87,269 items to client families enrolled in the Family Resource Center!

We recently sent a donation of over 1,000 items to the Family Resource Center to help these families participate in exciting 'back to school' rituals as they now have the necessary supplies and resources to do so. These donations will certainly help the children get off to a great start this school year!

Baby Buggy is currently recruiting client families enrolled in the Family Resource Center to participate in a Credit Where Credit Is Due workshop cycle that is scheduled for October. This will help these families develop personal financial plans, create a monthly budget, open bank accounts and improve their credit scores - this workshop is such a valuable resource. The combination of Baby Buggy donations, which help to off-set the expenses associated with purchasing costly baby supplies and gear, and these financial education workshops can truly help improve their financial situation!

Baby Buggy offered a fifth cycle of Credit Where Credit Is Due financial education workshops on May 18, 2010 through the Baby Buggy Family Resource Center at St. Anthony’s Head Start in the Bronx. In addition to providing these client families with ongoing donations of critical gear and other essential baby supplies, Baby Buggy is currently scheduling individual financial counseling sessions for the graduates. The purpose of these sessions is to ensure the graduates have the necessary support to help them meet the goals set in their personal financial plans. We could not be more proud of the great strides these families have taken to reduce their debt, increase their savings, open education savings accounts for their children, and improve their credit scores!

On May 14th, 19 families enrolled in the Baby Buggy Family Resource Center at St. Anthony’s volunteered for a Baby Buggy mending project. Baby Buggy regularly receives corporate donations of beautiful, brand new children’s clothing; some of these donations include sample clothing with small tears. Volunteers regularly help mend this clothing so that they can be donated; the families at St. Anthony’s have graciously lent a helping hand to mend this clothing so that it could be passed along to other families in need!

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Organization

The Baby Buggy, Inc.

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

Project Leader

Katherine Snider

Executive Director
New York, NY United States

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