We all know how expensive a new baby can be and all of the gear you need!! What do families do when they are struggling to make ends meet and they cannot afford essential items that newborns need. Baby Buggy fills that gap by collecting lightly used items and distributing it to the families that need them the most.
I am very delighted and honored to be joining “Friends of Baby Buggy” a committee formed to help increase public awareness and fundraising efforts for the organization. Nigel has been involved with this charity for years and has donated his time and voice to their cause. Last year he acted as a Baby Buggy ambassador by delivering much-needed goods to the organization, Little Sisters of the Assumption, here in Harlem, NYC. He handed out diapers and baby supplies and met local families that this organization supports. He was deeply touched by their stories of what a positive impact Baby Buggy has been in their lives.
Nigel and I recently attended their 10th Anniversary Gala and enjoyed an amazing night celebrating 10 years of giving!
Baby Buggy works with a network of over 50 community based organizations (CBOs) to distribute new and gently used essentials: from cribs and strollers to clothing and bottles, all of which are vetted for safety.
How They Give
Baby Buggy distributes product through 50+ carefully selected CBOs, each of which apply annually to become a recipient. Each month, the organizations submit the items they need for the families they serve. Based on available inventory, Baby Buggy does our best to fill these requests, providing approximately 40,500 items each month.
Each month, Baby Buggy serves approximately 1,600 families and 2,000 children in the following 6 cities; Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, and Washington, DC.
These families are clients of Baby Buggy-supported domestic violence shelters; anti-poverty programs including Single Stop and Harlem Children’s Zone; fatherhood programs like the Bronx Fatherhood Program; educational programs such as Head Start; the International Rescue Committee’s Resettlement Program; and the evidence based Nurse-Family Partnership program.
Incentive Based Donations
Baby Buggy’s product distributions are combined with comprehensive social service assistance, such as job training, financial literacy classes, and parenting support & education. They are often used as an incentive tool by CBOs to encourage parents to take steps that will help them become better providers for their children. For example: A mom receives stroller after demonstrating that he has opened an education savings account for her child. A father receives a crib after participating in a 16-week fatherhood program.
By making donations through proven programs like Head Start and Nurse-Family Partnership, Baby Buggy is ensured that families not only receive immediately-needed items like strollers and bottles, but that recipient parents are enrolled in programs that will help build their self-sufficiency over the long-term.
Visit the Baby Buggy Website to learn about ways help the many families that they support.
What They Give
Since their inception in 2001, Baby Buggy has donated over 5 million items including the following:
2.4 Million Diapers
3300 Front Carriers
2300 Bath Tubs
2100 Baby Monitors