Baby Buggy Supports Diaper Bill in California
California State Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez of the 80th District and a few leading sponsors including the Western Center on Law and Poverty, Coalition of CA Welfare Rights Organizations and the California Women’s Foundation are supporting a bill (AB 1516) to help provide an $80 per month supplement to eligible children receiving public assistance and create a public-private partnership fund to help facilitate the distribution of financial donations and diaper contributions to the neediest of families in California.
AB 1516 addresses three significant life challenges for low income families with diaper-wearing children:
1) the high price of diapers
2) the lack of public assistance for diapers and
3) the health risks when a child is left in a dirty diaper
The goals of AB 1516 are:
• Keep babies healthy: Avoid painful diaper rash, fever, hepatitis A, herpes, staphylococci, urinary tract infections, jaundice or renal failure.
• Protect public health: Dirty diapers on the move can spread hepatitis A, viral meningitis, and bacterial
• Ensure early education participation: Parents need to work. Children need to learn. A supply of clean
diapers will ensure every child has access to quality child care.
• Promote financial self-sufficiency: removing barriers between parents and long-term employment is one step in the direction of ensuring a family’s long-term job security.
Baby Buggy board member Caroline Kunitz went to Sacremento to testify to the State Senate Human Services Committee on June 24th in support of the Bill. Following is her testimony and some photos:
My name is Caroline Kunitz and I am the founder of LA Diaper Drive, the largest diaper bank in the country. Despite distributing nearly 3 million free diapers to low-income families in Los Angeles County last year, we could not meet the HUGE demand for diapers.
LA Diaper Drive is unique in that we use the diapers as incentive to get low-income parents into parenting, life skills, GED prep, and other life-improving classes.
The diapers are distributed through over 30 community-based organizations that already work with low-income families. Our partner agencies report that attendance doubles and triples in classes when diapers are introduced as an incentive to attend.
Diapers are such a powerful incentive because one-third of all moms in the country struggle to provide enough diapers for their babies. Food stamps cannot be used to buy diapers, so babies are sitting in a single dirty diaper for an entire day or more when they need up to ten a day. In order to leave their kids at most childcare facilities, parents must also leave a full day’s supply of disposable diapers, which can cost up to $100 a month. Parents who cannot afford to leave the diapers may not leave their children, forcing them to miss work or school and perpetuating the cycle of poverty.
LA Unified School District reports that more teen parents are graduating from high school rather than dropping out because the diapers they receive from us allow them to leave their kids in daycare while they attend school. Other partner agencies have told us that fewer parents are reusing diapers and that more parents are able to make ends meet because they can attend work. All report happier and healthier babies.
We strongly support A.B. 1516, a bill that will give low-income parents an opportunity to become self-sufficient by allowing them to attend work and school.
LA Diaper Drive recently merged with the national charity Baby Buggy, of which I am now a Board member. But I urge you to just put us diaper banks out of business! Vote yes on AB 1516 and I promise you, families and tushies across California will thank you.
- WWD covers Rebecca Taylor LA event to benefit Baby Buggy
“Kelly Cuoco talked candidly about her new husband, tennis pro Ryan Sweeting, saying that they had babies on the brain. “Well being at this Baby Buggy event… We both want to be parents so bad, we can’t wait,” the “Big Bang Theory” actress gushed, “So hopefully it’ll happen.”
- Los Angeles Register: Baby Buggy merges with LA Diaper Drive
- People: Sarah Michelle Gellar supports Baby Buggy at Rebecca Taylor LA Event
“My daughter [Charlotte] says to me all the time, ‘Mom, why do you look so understated?’” the actress told PEOPLE at Rebecca Taylor’s launch of the Little White Dress Collection benefitting Baby Buggy in Los Angeles.
- Us Magazine: Sarah Michelle Gellar & Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting support Baby Buggy at Rebecca Taylor LA Event
Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy on Buffy the Vampire Slayer) and Kaley Cuoco (Penny on The Big Bang Theory) made a ladylike pair at the Launch of the Little White Dress Capsule Collection Benefitting Baby Buggy on June 12 in L.A.
- People: Inside Rebecca Minkoff’s ‘Magical’ Baby Shower
- Avenue: 2014 BABY BUGGY BEDTIME BASH – ANOTHER YEAR OF SUCCESS
“Hosts Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld, who founded the non-profit organization in 2001 and are now working with over 50 community based organizations, donate new or slightly used child-care essentials for families in need. Their extreme devotion and hard work has resulted in the donation of over 6 million items since 2001 with an increasing interest each year. This year’s fundraiser was sponsored in party by the 24-hour pre-school channel Sprout.”
- The Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash featured in InStyle
“I think it’s a really smart organization,” Moynahan told InStyle.com. “Yes, they give all these items to help out families which is so important but they also provide the social services to really help these families help themselves. I just love that helping aspect.”
- Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash in the NY Daily News!
- E! Online: James Van Der Beek for Baby Buggy!
James Van Der Beek and his family celebrate Easter at The Grove with Baby Buggy
- Katherine Snider, Baby Buggy’s ED, speaks with Lifestyles Magazine
- O Magazine: Makeover for Director at Baby Buggy partner site
When Baby Buggy was asked to nominate a deserving woman for a makeover for the December issue of O, The Oprah Magazine, the choice was clear: Angelina Alvarez-Davis, education site director at a Head Start in Far Rockaway, Queens. Angie’s dedication to her community, her staff and the children at her school in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy and beyond is unparalleled. The Baby Buggy team is thrilled that Angie was selected for this honor!
- New York Times: Feature on Baby Buggy
“You expect to see Jessica Seinfeld at fancy galas, turned out in designer gowns and stiletto pumps, smiling for the camera on the arm of her famous husband. You do not expect to find her in a garment district warehouse, surrounded by boxes of car seats and breast pumps, lamenting how diapers can cost as much as two hours of work at the minimum wage.”
Read the complete article here!
- Parents: Jessica Seinfeld speaks about Thyme Maternity donation
“The moms we help are struggling with the very basics, so they don’t feel great about themselves every morning they wake up. They face things most of us could never comprehend. For us to give back through Thyme Maternity is almost life changing because it gives them a little bit of light in a dark time.”
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- PopSugar: Thyme Maternity in Supporting Baby Buggy’s Moms in Need
“To be working with people who really, really care about our families makes the whole experience that much richer,” said Baby Buggy founder Jessica Seinfeld. “We’ve never been able to be so focused on mothers. We’ve worked so hard with the baby gear for the past 12 years, and to now have a partner for the moms is really special.”
- Baby Buggy Summer Dinner Sponsored by Rag & Bone: Baby Buggy Summer Dinner Sponsored by Rag & Bone
- Dan’s Papers: Serena & Lily Host Private Shopping Event for Baby Buggy
“The Serena & Lily store in Wainscott was loaded with guests this morning for their shopping event to benefit Jessica Seinfeld’s charity, Baby Buggy, which provides families in need all over the United States with essential baby gear supplies.”
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- ET News: Jamie Lynn Sigler’s Baby Shower to Benefit Baby Buggy on Entertainment Tonight
“Now in her third trimester, the former Sopranos star held her baby shower in New York on June 12. ET gained exclusive access to the event which doubled as a benefit for Baby Buggy by selling products such as Cloud B’s Twilight Turtle and Sleep Sheep.”
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- Better TV on the Bash!
- People: Baby in Blue
- US Weekly: Mariska’s Family Day
- In Style: Inside the Party: Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash With Mariska Hargitay, Molly Sims, and More
“With balloons animals and carnival rides at the ready, it was no surprise there was endless smiling at Jessica and Jerry Seinfeld’s annual Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash, held at the Victorian Gardens amusement park in Central Park in New York City. “I think everyone is having fun!” busy host Jessica Seinfeld (in Alice + Olivia) told InStyle.com as she ushered celebrity guests like Debra Messing and Mariska Hargitay into the park, where there were kid-friendly activities like face painting and arts and crafts to try and summer treats like hot dogs, hamburgers, and s’mores to munch.”
- NY Post: The Seinfelds at the Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash
Thank You to the Sponsors of the 2014 Baby Buggy Bedtime Bash
- Celebrity Baby Scoop: Jenna Dewan-Tatum Is Getting Close
“I am so grateful to Bravado! Designs and Baby Buggy for partnering with me to donate nursing bras through the Nurse Family Partnership,” Jenna said in a statement to Celebrity Baby Scoop.
See the complete article here!
- WWD:: On Board for Baby Buggy
- WWD: Rag & Bone to Host Baby Buggy Benefit
“Rag & Bone will host Jessica Seinfeld’s annual Baby Buggy charity dinner, held in July at her and husband Jerry’s home in the Hamptons. Seinfeld can be counted on to draw a crowd of glamour moms and dads to support Baby Buggy, which she founded in 2001 to provide new and gently used supplies for infants of families in need. Two such chic dads are Rag & Bone’s David Neville and Marcus Wainwright, who have five children between the two of them.”
See the complete article here!
- Mini Mag: Rebecca Minkoff designs nursing tank to benefit Baby Buggy
“Partnering with Bravado Designs for Jessica Seinfeld’s nonprofit Baby Buggy, Minkoff designed a limited edition collection of nursing tanks. Minkoff has also joined Latham Thomas in her Mama Glow Salon Series.”
Read the complete interview in the Winter 2012 edition of Mini Magazine!
- AM New York: Rosie’s Royally Sound Parenting Advice
- People: Jenna Dewan-Tatum Teams Up with Bravado! Designs for Charity
“Now that Jenna Dewan-Tatum is expecting her first child, she’s learning first hand all the products moms-to-be and new moms need to have a successful pregnancy and breastfeeding experience. That’s why the actress has partnered with nursing apparel manufacturer Bravado! Designs to donate $214,000 worth of nursing bras to Jessica Seinfeld‘s non-profit organization Baby Buggy, which is dedicated to providing families in need with products, clothing and educational services for their infants and children.”
- The Huffington Post: Hollywood’s Chic Mom Gives Back
- People: Jessica and Ashlee Simpson Debut Charity T-Shirt
After a year of reviewing submissions, sisters Ashlee and Jessica Simpson have chosen a winner for their T-shirt design contest.
New and expectant mom Jessica announced the exciting news on her Facebook page on Monday.
The winning illustration, which features a medley of colorful graphic hearts, was created by El Paso, TX-based artist Natalie Baca and will be included in the current Jessica Simpson Girls collection.
And not only is the tee ($20) adorable, but 100 percent of its proceeds will be donated to their pal Jessica Seinfeld‘s organization, Baby Buggy, which helps support new mothers in need.
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- WWD: Simpson Sisters Team Up With Baby Buggy
“TEE FOR CHARITY: Jessica and Ashlee Simpson, who codesign Jessica Simpson Girls, have teamed up with the charity Baby Buggy to introduce a special T-shirt. The sisters launched a design competition, and the winning design, a colorful heart motif by mosaic artist and mixed-media painter Natalie Baca, was selected by the Simpson sisters and Baby Buggy founder Jessica Seinfeld. One hundred percent of the proceeds of this style will be donated directly to the nonprofit, which provides needy families with baby and children’s gear, clothing and educational services up to age 12.
The T-shirt is available in children’s sizes S-XL and will retail for $20 exclusively at Macy’s beginning this month.”
- James Van Der Beek talks about supporting Baby Buggy in TWELV Magazine
Baby Buggy, Delta + K.I.D.S. partner on Safe Sleep
“Furniture and gear source Delta Children and the nonprofit charity Kids in Distressed Situations plan to donate 200 cribs to families this week while launching its national Safe Sleep campaign.
The campaign is designed to educate parents and other caregivers of young children about safe sleeping conditions and provide new cribs that meet current safety standards. On Thursday, Feb. 7, 200 cribs, valued at $60,000, will be donated to the charity Baby Buggy at its Children’s Institute site in Los Angeles. A Safe Sleep demonstration will also take place. K.I.D.S., on behalf of Delta and Baby Buggy, will distribute the cribs to needy families in the Los Angeles area.”
- Celebrities donate diapers to Baby Buggy at Disney on Ice “Dare to Dream” LA shows
- Baby Buggy on The Better Show
- Celebrity Baby Scoop: Celebrity Families Support Baby Buggy This Holiday Season
As part of AEG’s Season of Giving campaign, celebrity families and charity supporters donated diapers to Baby Buggy, benefiting Los Angeles needy families.