We were invited to attend the Room to Grow Spring Gala by our friend, Mary Cannon (a looooong time apple seeds mom).
Mary is one of those amazing moms who is smart, beautiful and always has her heart in the right place. We were introduced to Room to Grow by Mary and apple seeds has acted as a drop off site for their collection drives of gently used clothes, toys and essential baby items.
Room to Grow’s mission is to enrich the lives of babies born into poverty through the first 3 years of their lives -- critical developmental years. They provide service and support every three months for their families through in depth one-on-one meetings with their social workers, all the baby basics and items (highchairs, clothes, books, toys, etc.) needed for children newborn to 3 and critical parental and developmental information (reading and playing with your baby, socialization, medical care, educational information and more). Every year at the event a Room to Grow family is honored. This year it was Mariama and Abdell Ndiaye. Mariama and Abdell are from Senegal. Abdell came to NYC and got two jobs driving cabs so that he could bring his wife to the states to be with him – and he did. They were introduced to Room to Grow during their hospital stay after the birth of their baby girl. Mariama is now one of the most valued employees at the day care where she works, Abdell is getting his graduate degree in Political Science at NYU and their daughter is a thriving, happy 6 years old.
It was an amazing night hosted by an incredible organization. To find out more about Room to Grow or to donate to their vital cause click here…http://www.roomtogrow.org/
A & A