Happy Mother’s Day! Today, I’m not writing about food allergies. I’m writing about a wonderful local initiative recently launched by Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Delta Children. Their initiative serves to educate as well as get the word out to Brooklyn mothers who may need a crib for their newborns.
On 8 May 2014, at Brooklyn Borough Hall, in an effort to raise awareness on safety, Delta Children President Joseph Shamie presented Borough President Eric Adams with 400 new cribs and playards to distribute to families-in-need throughout Brooklyn. The cribs will be dispersed to Community Board members, hospitals and non-profit organizations, including HELP USA, which has two locations in the borough.
“As Brooklyn Borough President, one of my top priorities is ensuring the safety of Brooklynites – including our precious little ones. In partnership with Delta Children, we want to educate parents to practice these tips so their babies have a safe sleep environment,” –Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
Joseph Shamie and the Borough President recently filmed a video to educate parents and caregivers on the importance of nursery safety and what they can do to keep their children safe while they sleep. They enlisted the help of Dr. Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH, Assistant Commissioner of the Brooklyn District Public Health Office NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, who provided useful information for parents on SIDS prevention.
“Placing babies to sleep in unsafe conditions is a leading cause of infant suffocation deaths in New York City and also contributes to fatalities due to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. By providing cribs and education to families in need, these tragedies can be prevented. The Health Department applauds these efforts to make sure our youngest New Yorkers get a safe night’s sleep, every night.” – Dr. Aletha Maybank, MD, MPH
Delta Children hopes the donation will not only raise awareness, but bring families closer together as they celebrate Mother’s Day. The brand, which was founded in Brooklyn by Joseph Shamie’s father, Louis Shamie, is still family run today.
“Our family began Delta Children in Brooklyn with the goal of making safe, high quality cribs affordable for all families. The Safe Sleep Campaign is our way of educating families on how to keep their children safe, and assisting families who can’t afford a safe, new crib for their child.” –Joseph Shamie, President of Delta Children
Delta Children and the Borough President encourage all families to visit www.deltachildren.com and brookyln-usa.org to view the safety video. A press conference was held on Thursday, May 8th at Brooklyn’s Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street) at 11am. #safesleep