Baby Shower For Those In Need

April 2, 2012 Updated Apr 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM EDT

By WKBW News

April 2, 2012 Updated Apr 2, 2012 at 8:33 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. Babies are precious. They carry all the hope of a new generation, and they inspire tenderness and caring. But many babies in Erie County are born facing tough challenges.

Michael Weiner, President of the United Way of Buffalo stopped by Channel 7's "Eyewitness News This Morning" to tell Patrick Taney, Ginger Geoffery, and Jaclyn Asztalos about the "Community Baby Shower" to help families in need.

Each year, thousands of local babies are born into poverty.

Each week, 8 infants are born to women who received late or no prenatal care; 21 are born pre-term; are born with low birth weight. You can make a difference by participating in the United Way Community Baby Shower - a community-wide effort to collect essential baby items that will help at-risk mothers to give their newborns a stronger start, giving them the supplies and support needed for a healthy beginning.

It's as simple as dropping off brand new, in-the-package baby items between April 2 and May 8 at the Boulevard Mall in Amherst. Look for the giant baby carriage in Guest Services - you can't miss it! On May 8, the Boulevard Mall will host a "sort-a-thon," where volunteers will sort all the donated items and pack them into gift bags, which will be distributed to needy moms throughout Erie County by 3 of United Way's partner agencies (click on the agency names to visit their websites):

Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network - Community Health Worker Program

Catholic Charities - WIC program

Jericho Road Ministries - Priscilla Project

Host a "Baby Shower" item drive with friends or co-workers, or donate money towards the purchase of supplies. Showers can be hosted between April 2nd and May 7th.

Drop off donated baby items anytime between April 2nd and May 8th at the Boulevard Mall - Guest Services, 730 Alberta Drive, Amherst, N.Y. 14226

According to the agencies that will be distributing the gift bags, the greatest need is for:

•baby sleep sacks
•baby wipes
•digital thermometers
However, all donations of brand new baby items will be gratefully accepted.

For more information on how to host a "Baby Shower" item drive, or to volunteer for the Sort-a-Thon on May 8, contact Suzette O'Brien at 887-2744 or e-mail