What is Baby’s First Christmas?
Every year, Lynn Community Health Center’s Obstetrics and Pediatric staff host its annual “Baby’s First Christmas” for the families of babies born to Health Center patients in the past year. This popular event is attended by about 100 parents and their children, as well as volunteers, staff, and local officials. For many families, this is will be the highlight of the holiday season. Consider:
- 485 babies were born to health center patients last year.
- 95% are low-income according to Federal Poverty Guidelines. 60% live below the poverty line ($22,050 for a family of 4).
- At least one third of their families struggle to put food on the table each week
These families have shockingly few resources, but, like all parents, want their children to experience the joy of the holiday season. Baby’s First Christmas is a joyful celebration of life, love, and the spirit of giving.
Baby’s First Christmas is a party with a purpose
Families come to a party where they are served a hot meal, and gifts are given to babies, their siblings, and their parents. Santa pays a visit, and there are raffle prizes. Families also benefit in other ways that promote healthy lives:
Making Connections: Many of our families, particularly immigrant families, live in significant isolation. This event is one of the many ways we work to build community and support among families.
Preventive Care: Most families are uninsured or underinsured, and are often afraid to seek routine medical care for fear of incurring debt. Baby’s First Christmas helps the Health Center promote its message that we care for everyone in our community, regardless of ability to pay. It is crucial that once a baby is born, parents see the Health Center as a resource for building healthy lives.
Empowerment: For many families, this will be the only Holiday celebration they will have. This may be the only gift their children receive. Helping parents feel that they are providing for their children helps them focus on the positive.
How you can help
Shop: Who doesn’t love shopping for baby clothes? Help us reach our goal to give each baby a brand-new pair of PJs. Sizes 6mo-24mo are needed.
Volunteer: Come to the party! We need help serving food, handing out presents, and holding babies while their moms eat lunch.
Make a gift. Your donation will help us give these young families a wonderful holiday! Donate online (please put “Baby’s First” in the special instructions box) or send a check to Development Office, Lynn Communtiy Health Center, 269 Union Street, Lynn, MA 01901.
Lynn Community Health Center
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