We all know babies need a lot of stuff…some of it they have to have, some just makes life as a parent easier, but either way, it all adds up to one big expense. Not everyone can afford even the basics, but there’s help, thanks to Baby Buggy. Never heard of it? You’ll be glad you know about them now.
We recently asked the organizers of Baby Buggy to tell us a bit more about who they are and what they do.
Q: What is Baby Buggy exactly?
A: Baby Buggy is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing families in need with essential equipment, clothing, products and services for children aged newborn-12. Through an extensive network of community-based organizations, Baby Buggy has donated more than 5.5 million items to hundreds of thousands of families in need across the country. Baby Buggy serves more than 2,600 children & more than 2,000 families each month.
Q: When was it started and why?
A: Baby Buggy was founded in May of 2001 by Jessica Seinfeld after the birth of her first child. With a motto of “Love Recycled,” the organization started as a mechanism for getting gently used products into the hands of newborns and new moms in need. The demand for Baby Buggy’s donations was both great and immediate, and the organization reached out to corporations such as The Children’s Place, Haddad, Johnson & Johnson and Babies R Us to help meet the needs of greater numbers of families. In 2010, Baby Buggy expanded its distribution to several other cities with high poverty rates.
Q: Who does Baby Buggy help (people around the country, just certain cities, etc.?)
A: Baby Buggy distributes its donations through a network of over 50 Community Based Organizations (CBOs) and City agencies to distribute its goods including: organizations working with victims of domestic violence like New York Asian Women’s Center; immigrant and refugee-serving organizations like the International Rescue Committee in NYC and Atlanta; maternal and early childhood health programs such as the nationally-recognized Nurse-Family Partnership program in Dallas, Houston, LA and NYC; select Head Starts programs in NYC, Chicago, Minneapolis and Washington, DC; and fatherhood programs in NYC and Los Angeles. CBOs must apply to become a Baby Buggy member site on an annual basis and, once accepted, must submit regular reports to the organization.
By tying donations to participation in proven anti-poverty programs, Baby Buggy can help provide parents with the tools they need immediately—like cribs, car seats and diapers—while they are enrolled in programs that will help them become self-sufficient over the long-term.
Q: How can I help Baby Buggy?
A: You can help Baby Buggy either by donating your gear, time or money. In New York City and Los Angeles, Baby Buggy seeks donations of gently used and new items for infants and children up to age 12. Items include clothing, strollers, high chairs, infant tubs, bouncers, books, bassinets, safety gates, toys, wings, monitors, carriers, videos, sheets, towels, shoes, bibs, outerwear and new cribs and car seats. We also have regular volunteer groups in our New York City loft that are fun and easy and for large groups in NYC and LA we can coordinate volunteer events at your own office. For more information, visitwww.babybuggy.org.
Q: How can I get help from Baby Buggy if I need it?
A: In order to receive assistance from Baby Buggy you must reach out to one of our community based organizations we serve.
Q: What else do you want us to know about your group?
A: Stay up to date on Baby Buggy news by following us on Twitter (@LoveRecycled) and becoming a fan of “‘Baby Buggy” on Facebook!
Pregnancy Awareness is proud to have partnered with Baby Buggy as a benefactor of our recent Pregnancy Awareness Month events.
Written by Desiree Miller for PAM about our Charity Partner, Baby Buggy.
Desiree is founder of the Atlanta Baby and Child Expo, (an official PAM Event) an elite event for expectant and new parents in the Southeast. She created the expo after helping parents through her baby planning service, Bottles to Britches, which helps take the stress out of expecting. She also shares her information on parenting on her site, StressFreeBaby.com, which offers a daily dose of inspiration, hope and humor. She’s a veteran journalist who enjoys sharing information with others while connecting them with the people and products they need.