Each year in Erie County, thousands of babies are born into poverty. Each week in Erie County, 8 infants are born to women receiving late or no prenatal care. 21 babies are born pre-term, 15 are low birth weight, and 1 will die before age one.

You can make a difference through the fourth annual United Way Community Baby Shower, a community-wide effort to collect essential baby items that will help at-risk mothers to give their newborns a stronger start, giving them the supplies and support needed for a healthy beginning. Host a "Baby Shower" item drive with friends or co-workers, or donate money towards the purchase of supplies. Showers can be hosted between April 1 and May 6, and items can be dropped off at the United Way building, 742 Delaware Avenue (at Summer Street; parking lot off Summer, west of Delaware). Donated items will once again support new moms and babies served by three extraordinary United Way partners:  

Buffalo Prenatal-Perinatal Network

Catholic Charities - WIC program

Jericho Road Community Health Center - Priscilla Project

Below are some resources to help you organize your shower. Click the links to download (all in Adobe PDF format):

Wish List


Informational poster, with space to include details about your shower

For more information, contact Suzette O'Brien at 887-2744 or

Special thanks, as always, to the sponsors that make this event possible:




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