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Baby Basics of Sarasota County Provides Diapers, Wipes and Kindness

Pictured: Original organizers and board members of Baby Basics of Sarasota County, Inc.,

The volunteers of Baby Basics of Sarasota County, Inc., an all volunteer, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization that provides diapers, wipes and books to working, low-income families who do not receive any governmental assistance, are feeling very grateful these days.

According to Vice President Barbara Price, “The local support we have received recently from volunteers, church groups and philanthropic foundations has been beyond our expectations. The donations have been very generous and the matches that will come in from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County's 2022 Giving Challenge, strengthened by The Patterson Foundation will make a huge difference to the families we serve. We live in an extremely charitable community!”

The first Baby Basics was founded in Ridgewood, N.J. in 1992. There are 11 additional Baby Basics affiliates across the United States. All the programs are run by volunteers and are supported by corporate and private donations. The Sarasota County program was founded in 2007. They currently serve 70 at their Sarasota distribution center and another 31 at the Venice center. As a partner with the Sarasota Library Association's Born to Read Program, the group is also committed to literacy. Along with the basics, they distribute donated books for babies, older siblings and caregivers. “We like to give diapers, wipes, books and kindness,” says Price.

A good amount of the Baby Basics funding comes from an annual fashion show, scheduled to take place in October 2022 at the Sarasota Yacht Club. Because of the global pandemic, they were not able to hold this fundraiser for the past couple of years and so donations and matches from Sarasota County’s 2022 Giving Challenge were even more important. The families served by Baby Basics come to the organization through referrals. Once a referral is made, Baby Basics volunteers meet with the family every month until the baby turns three or becomes potty trained in order to enhance the health and safety of the child and reduce the families' financial burden and the stress that accompanies it.

"During the height of the pandemic when we were not able to meet indoors, we held outdoor distributions,” says Price. “We never missed one and that’s something we are very proud of.”

Currently, there is a diaper, wipe and feeding crisis occurring throughout the United States. Offers to volunteer or donate are needed more now than ever. “We always welcome volunteers,” says Price. “Join us!” Visit the Baby Basics website to learn how you can help:


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This Week's SRQ DAILY Editions

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition – May 18, 2022

Safe Place and Rape Crisis Center (SPARCC) Awarded $10,000 Capacity Building Grant from the Community Foundation of Sarasota County to Support the Development of its New Organizational Strategic Plan •  Project Pride SRQ Announces Pride Month •  Children First Announces Naming of Teacher Resource Room •  The Great Ice Cream Eating Championship •  JMX Brands CEO Jim Miller Named Top Entrepreneur •  Sarasota Named a Top Place to Live in U.S. •  Baby Basics of Sarasota County Provides Diapers, Wipes and Kindness •  First Watch Announces Partnership with the V Foundation and Dick Vitale to Fund Life-Saving Pediatric Cancer Research •  Christine Kourik Earns Annual Sales Production Award •  Registration Open Now for Summer Art Camp at Art Center Sarasota

Tuesday Foodie Edition – May 17, 2022

There's never been a more important time to quit tobacco.  •  Three Cheers for the Tripletail Dinner •  Impact Theatre's Inaugural Town Hall Gathering •  Suncoast Cancer Survivors Treated to Special Drive-In Celebration  •  First Class Graduates from Tuition-Free Construction Training Program Offered by CareerEdge and Funded Through Selby Gardens Master Plan  •  Sarasota Memorial Healthcare Foundation President to Retire This Fall •  Goodwill Manasota Partnership with Gulfcoast Legal Services Expands to North Port •  Huge Motorcoach Storage Facility Sells for $12.1 Million in Sarasota

Monday Business Edition – May 16, 2022

In Conversation with Dr. Carol Probstfeld of State College of Florida •  SRQ Airport Sees 31% Jump in April Traffic •  Together We Roar Once Again

Saturday Perspectives Edition – May 14, 2022

Retaking a Reputation for Tolerance •  Launching Entrepreneurs!

Friday Weekend Edition – May 13, 2022

Gulf Coast Thanks Sarasota County Commission After Florida Housing Coalition Shares Best Practices •  Derric Gobourne Jr.'s SH!NE •  Bayside Pet Resort Coming to Wellen Park •  Van Wezel Foundation Names Sara Robinson Executive Director of Advancement •  Boys & Girls Clubs of Sarasota and DeSoto Counties Expands Impact Thanks to Flexible Funding •  Babcock Ranch Water Utilities Wins Top Awards for Water Reclamation, Safety and Performance •  “LIT” The Show Where All Things Glow

Freshly Squeezed Content Every Morning – May 12, 2022

Sarasota Military Academy: The Passion to Learn, The Courage to Try •  Fiction Review of Papa’s Little Truck Written and Illustrated by Mori •  A Second Southeast High Senior Named National Merit Scholar •  Upcoming Events at Creative Liberties •  Escape to the Peace River •  Pine View Student Says School Wants to Censor Him

Wednesday Philanthropy Edition – May 11, 2022

Selby Foundation Awards nearly $1.1 million to Area Nonprofit Organizations in Spring Grant Cycle •  SMH Continues Straight “A” Safety Streak •  Kerkering, Barberio & Co. •  Foundation Announces 2022 Gulf Coast Leadership Institute Class •  Cindy Quinn Earns Titan Club Status  •  Art Uptown Gallery Celebrates its 42rd "Summer in the City" in Sarasota •  Crisp & Green Announces Expansion into Florida with 30 Locations Opening in Two Years •  Local Program Working to Reintegrate Formerly Incarcerated Citizens Presents Community Lecture Series •  The Argus Foundation to Host Visit Florida CEO Dana Young and FRLA CEO Carol Dover at “Meet the Minds” Event  •  Ringling College Library Association makes $600,000 gift to Ringling College

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