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United Way Community baby shower helps provide the newborn essentials for low-incom mothers

Posted at 5:49 PM, May 09, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-09 17:49:17-04

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW)  — The 10th annual Community Baby shower concluded today at the United Way on Delaware Avenue. For a little more than a month, businesses donated essential new born baby supplies for low-income mothers.

The "Baby Bundles" are packed with diapers, wipes, clothes, books, and even a baby thermometer. Volunteers packed 1,200 bags that will last mothers about a month.

"For me as a mom, knowing I am contributing to another mother's benefit is amazing," Beth Anne Ptak, a United Way Volunteer said. "It's always nice to know you have someone behind you as well as someone holding you up that's what this is about for us."

The bags are also filled with resources for mothers for employment options and parenting resources.

"More recently we make sure that there's information included in these baby bundles that provides sufficient information about breastfeeding and early development screening," Michael Weiner, President and CEO of the United Way said. "We are coaching or guiding maybe first time moms on how to make sure they are going to have a healthy start for their newborn."

The bags are given to Catholic Charities, Oishei Children's hospital and Jericho Road Community Health Center Priscilla Project that then give the bags out to the deserving mothers.