The L.A.-based org provides low-income children, newborn to 12 years old, across the country with clothing, diapers, cribs and other basic necessities.
Drew Barrymore, actress and Baby2Baby angel: “I’ve been a Baby2Baby angel for six years. My whole family gets involved, including my daughters. Every year at the holidays we pick out pajamas and clothing and toys for the children for Baby2Baby’s Family2Family program. All year, everything I get — swag, gifts — I donate it all to Baby2Baby. It’s also important to note that this organization is a great group of women who show up every day or every year in bigger and smaller amounts — you have a cavalry of women who come and volunteer. This is a class act, it’s run by women and they are cool chicks and people see that and they think, ‘I want to participate, I want to be a part of that.’ I see women in Hollywood or philanthropy coming together and I just think there’s a very welcoming vibe and very admirable women.”
Kelly Sawyer Patricof, co-president, left: “One in three moms in the country has to choose between food and diapers for their baby. In Los Angeles alone there are north of half a million children living in poverty. The families that we are providing for don’t have access to laundry. Many are homeless — in a car, in a hotel room, in shared space. Laundromats don’t even let you wash cloth diapers, so cloth diapers are not a viable option. Diapers are required at daycares and preschools, and if you cannot drop off the required amount you get turned away. Low income families are spending up to 14% of their after-tax income on diapers. They are spending almost twice as much more on diapers than higher-income families because they don’t have access to internet deals, because they can’t get to big-box deals. They are living paycheck to paycheck.”
Norah Weinstein, co-president, right: “From day one, [Kelly and I] looked at Baby2Baby as a business that we wanted to grow as efficiently and quickly as possible, knowing that so much poverty existed in L.A. at the time. Fast-forward seven years and we serve 180,000 low-income children in Los Angeles. We now have 20 member organizations in our national network and, through our disaster relief work, we’re working with cities all over the country as well.”