Safe Crib Coalition Receives Grant from Ronald McDonald House Charities

October 13, 1999

The Safe Crib Coalition, a consortium of Rochester-based organizations, recently received a $5,000 grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Rochester.

The donation will be used to purchase baby cribs and child car seats, which will be distributed to needy families in Rochester. The Coalition's crib and car seat giveaway, slated for November 19, will be the largest in its seven-year history. This year, 310 cribs and 71 car seats will be distributed during the afternoon event. In 1998, the Coalition donated 177 cribs and 15 car seats to area families.

The recipients will be women and families, the majority of them on public assistance, who have been selected by local human service agencies.

The Safe Crib Coalition is composed of local consumer advocates, human service agencies, representatives from Strong Memorial Hospital, and Pillings Baby to Youth, brought together to promote infant safety in the Rochester community. The Coalition evolved after the deaths of two Rochester-area babies, both of which were strangled by unsafe cribs in 1993.

Ronald McDonald House Charities provides lodging, comfort, and emotional support to families of children receiving medical treatment at area hospitals, and reaches out to families in the community with support for other children's charities. Funds for grantmaking come from McDonald's restaurant canisters and national McDonald's promotions.

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