Church helps local families with baby gear

The First Presbyterian Church Nursery School provided 21 local families with essential baby and toddler gear during its annual Bring Your Old Baby Gear (BYOBG) event on May 6.

“We received so many wonderful donations this year that we were able to fulfill the first, second and third choice for gear by each family. You could tell the families were surprised at the amount of great baby items donated. They were extremely grateful,” said Trisha Estill, co-chairwoman of the BYOBG event.

The nursery school supplied baby and toddler essentials ranging from car seats, high chairs and pack ‘n plays to clothes, toys and books. This year the nursery school also introduced a diaper drive to coincide with BYOBG.

 

“Diapers and wipes are expensive and babies can use eight to 10 diapers a day,” Co-chair Lindley Pless said. “Many young parents are forced to leave children in dirty diapers far longer than they should. Diapers were requested by each participating family this year, and it motivated us to organize a diaper drive.”

The nursery school partnered with the Greenwich Department of Social Services to identify qualified families in need within the community. Each family completed a wish list of items and the nursery school responded to the requests by reaching out to friends, current and alumni families, and the First Presbyterian Church community. The event culminated on May 6 with each family picking up their items at the First Presbyterian Church.

The nursery school also received support from “Mothers for Others”, who provided additional items to help complete family wish lists.

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