Many of Ottawa’s citizens are recent immigrants, refugees, or single-parent families who do not have the same familial support system that other, more-established families may have.
Friends and families of new parents are sometimes far away or unable to help financially with the high costs that come with having a newborn. Without a support system, benefiting from gifted baby essentials – like clothing, blankets, bottles, soothers, and more – is almost impossible and many are forced to go without.
At The Baby Gear Project, our sole focus is to aid new parents in Ottawa South, including Vanier, Alta Vista, and Manor Park, by facilitating donations of newborn essentials they require, so that they’re able to focus less on worrying and more on
The Baby Gear Projects accepts donations of new and gently-used paraphernalia, organizing all contributions into tenderly-packaged boxes as gifts for new parents.
Currently, gift boxes are offered to parents on a per-case basis by volunteers who deliver across Ottawa.
The Baby Gear Project is part of Ottawa’s Emmanuel United Church (EUC) outreach in Ottawa South. The Social Action Committee of Emmanuel is sponsoring this program which works to complement existing programs in Ottawa Community Houses and other organizations that support children.
We currently work with and take requests for Baby Gear Boxes from Russell Heights, Blair Court Community Houses, and Rideau Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre.
You can read more here about the items we accept.
- The Ottawa South riding ranks 28th in Canada, with 28% of children in the area living in poverty.