Family Central celebrated the second anniversary of its New Baby Welcome Bag Initiative on Sun., Jul. 22, which was national Parents’ Day. They have expressed their thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort and they ask for continued support.
Since 2016, various members of the Town have contributed time, money, and talent to help Family Central, a non-profit parenting support network, extend a loving welcome to over 600 babies born at St. Anthony Community Hospital. The New Baby Welcome Bag, the brainchild of Amy Sibillia, a Family Central advisory member, has truly become a community-wide effort.
Each bag contains: the baby board book, Goodnight Moon, a special message bookmark, and brochures explaining the importance of reading, singing, playing, and talking to babies. It also includes a folder with articles about what makes a baby feel safe and secure; ways to nurture a child’s learning; and why play and activities – not gadgets – support development.
Most bags also contain a hand knit or crocheted baby blanket created by volunteers of the larger Warwick community. Family Central gratefully acknowledges the beautiful blankets created over the past two years by women at the Senior Center in Florida, NY.
As part of earning her Gold Medal in Girl Scouts, Orla Bronson, a recent graduate of S.S. Seward Institute, organized members of her group to crochet baby blankets, raise $200 (enough money for 40 books) and assemble many of the bags. Barbara and Ileene, from Hip and Chic, made it possible for Family Central to purchase the Goodnight Moon board books at cost. Without their generous help, the organization would not have been able to include this classic first baby book in the New Born Welcome Bags.
Lastly, the nursing staff at the St. Anthony Community Hospital Kennedy Birthing Center was instrumental in getting the initiative started, worked to personalize the board books with each baby’s name and birthday, and distribute the bags to families as they leave the hospital.
To learn more about Family Central and how you might support the continuation of the Newborn Welcome Bags, visit www.familycentralny.wordpress.com or send an email firstname.lastname@example.org.