In Memory of Gary Tatu.

Rest in Peace.

                 
 
 

The latest newsletter can be viewed by clicking on this title...

SEPTEMBER 2017

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT!

LARGE SIZE -- Bottles for Babies

Contact Us for a LARGE Baby Bottle for your Business Counter or Meeting Place

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Wish List

URGENT NEED:  Boys Clothing, Size 5 to 14  -  Especially pants

Newborn Items: Scratch Mittens, Outfits, Onesies, Gowns/Sleepers, Bibs, Pacifiers, baby towels/washcloths, hats

Socks:  Baby, Toddler, and Children

New Underwear: Children's size 3 - 14/16

Infant Car Seats with Base (less than six years old)

Toddler Car Seats (less than six years old)

Cribs with stationary sides

Pack-n-Play portable cribs

Strollers

Walkers

 We give away clothing from Newborn to children's size 14/16; hats, socks, shoes, pj's, new underwear, backpacks, toys, stuffed animals, room decorations for children, puzzles, books, changing tables...if you have a donation and you aren't sure if we need it, please call 824-7818.

 

DIRECTIONS TO THE BABY & CHILDREN'S MINISTRY FROM THE RETREAT CENTER ON SENECA

The Baby & Children's Ministry moved in April 2013 to the Harvest House Ministry Center at 175 Jefferson Avenue. Generous people who want to donate and are familiar with the former location of the BCM on Seneca Street ask for directions on how to get there from Seneca Street. It is only 2.5 miles away!

Turn right out of the parking lot onto Seneca Street. At the signal near Larkin Square where Seneca Street bears left, stay to the right of the fire station and continue on Swan Street.

Drive under the viaduct. Make the first right turn onto Jefferson Avenue. The Harvest House Ministry Center is 2 blocks on the right, with a large parking lot.

"The best inheritance a parent can give to his children is a good example."

BABY & CHILDREN'S MINISTRY

Harvest House Ministry Center

175 Jefferson Avenue, Buffalo, NY 14210

(716) 824-7818

We are the largest provider of FREE children's clothing & other items in the Buffalo area, serving approximately 6,000 children every year. 

THE BABY & CHILDREN'S MINISTRY WILL BE CLOSED ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 23 (THANKSGIVING DAY) & ON SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 25. WE HOPE EVERYONE HAS A PLEASANT HOLIDAY.
 

Please watch a Channel 4 video HERE ... how you can help those coming from Puerto Rico.

The Baby & Children's Ministry is collecting winter clothing for children.
Update on 11/20/17: Thanks to the incredible community support, we have no more room for adult clothing donations at this time. Please donate your adult clothing to the many other agencies in our area.
 

 
Donation Hours
Monday - Friday 9 am - 3:30 pm & Saturday 9 am - 11:30 am


Client Hours

NO APPOINTMENTS - Please arrive early enough to allow yourself sufficient time to choose your items, approximately 20 minutes per child. Clients are assisted in order of arrival.

Monday 1pm - 3:30pm

Tuesday 9am - 11:30am

Thursday 1pm - 3:30pm

Saturday 9 am - 11:30am


ID of parent/caregiver & children is required

Non-English speaking clients must bring a translator

Clients need to bring a Referral Form with them at their first visit. A new Referral is needed for each additional child not on the original form. All referral slips must be renewed every 3 years.

Families can obtain our Referral from 200+ community service agencies, health agencies, refugee assistance organizations and Catholic Charities/WIC.

Some of the Awesome Erie 2 CC BOCES LPN students help sort clothes for our Puerto Rico Hurricane survivors. Bless them and the amazing Buffalo community for your time and treasure!



About the Baby & Children's Ministry...

Imagine the heartache of the mother who is not able to provide her child with something as basic as a pair of pajamas; or the shame of knowing that her child's threadbare coat no longer fits, but must last another winter. This is why the Baby & Children's Ministry exists.

At the Baby & Children's Ministry, mothers, fathers, grandmothers, and other caregivers have their pride and dignity restored as they "shop" (free of charge) for the items that their children need. With the exception of diapers and formula, we give away anything needed for a baby or child, such as clothing, safe cribs (with stationary sides), car seats, strollers, toys, books, pajamas, etc.  Most of the items given away have been donated through private individuals, clothing drives, "baby showers," and scouting projects.

Through the generosity of individual donors, workplace and school Jean Days, and the proceeds of our Bottles for Babies™ Campaign (click on square at the upper right corner), we are able to purchase items such as safe cribs (read more), pack 'n plays, socks and underwear. This ministry is run by the Director, Guadalupe Pena. "Lupe" is assisted by 30 wonderful volunteers (please read more by clicking here)


We are always in need of new or gently-used children's clothing sizes Newborn - 16.  

We often run out of boy's sizes 5 through 14. If you are able to donate, or know of anyone who can help, it would be GREATLY appreciated!! (Please see Wish List to the right) Tax deductible receipts are available.

 

Other ways you can help:

Have a school or work "Dress Down Day" & donate the proceeds!

 

Have a "baby shower" & donate the gifts to mothers in need! 

 

  The Baby & Children's Ministry will be closed on the following dates in 2017:

 January 16, February 20, April 15, May 27 & 29, July 4, September 2 & 4, October 9, 

November 23 & 25, December 23 - 30 (We reopen on Tuesday, January 2, 2018)


Jim & Jill Vavreck, shown below, collect and deliver 150 NEW winter coats every year through Operation Warm.

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Melissa Peters at the 2016 Fundraiser...selling the calendars she created to raise money to support the Baby & Children's Ministry! Melissa is a long-time volunteer and generous donor of the Baby & Children's Ministry. Melissa will be selling her 2018 calendars again this year!


For more photos & news, please click here


VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED !

Want to feel good by helping others and have fun at the same time? Join us by volunteering at the Baby & Children's Ministry! Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and on Saturday from 9:00 a.m. - Noon.  Volunteers are especially needed on Saturday mornings. For more information or to volunteer, call Lupe at 824-7818 or Joanne at 825-0929.

The babies and children need you. 

                         

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Due to Federal Law effective 6/28/11, the Baby & Children's Ministry cannot accept any donations of cribs that have sides that can be lowered. We are collecting and distributing cribs with mesh sides, cribs with stationary (unmovable) sides, and pack 'n plays.

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Weather Closings

We will be closed if there is a driving ban in the City of Buffalo, 

or if Buffalo Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.

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Please watch a video from Channel 7  from Nov 11, 2015 about the Baby Ministry and the Pajama Program, which encourages cuddling with your child and reading to them.


On April 1, 2013 the Baby & Children's Ministry moved to our Ministry Center at 175 Jefferson!


 

Lupe gets ready for Christmas!!


 

 Every baby brings into the world

A song that has never been sung.

A hope that has never been quenched.

A chance to love and be loved and


A complete faith in us for protection.

Richard Frostman