Baby2Baby Offers Kids in Need Some Holiday Cheer

By Julie Kertes

Actress Julie Bowen distributes a goodie bag filled with gifts to one of the guests of the Baby2Baby Nutcracker Party, presented by Tiny Prints. PHOTO BY STEFANIE KEENAN/GETTY IMAGES FOR BABY2BABY

Actress Julie Bowen distributes a goodie bag filled with gifts to one of the guests of the Baby2Baby Nutcracker Party, presented by Tiny Prints. PHOTO BY STEFANIE KEENAN/GETTY IMAGES FOR BABY2BABY

I attended my first holiday party of the season Nov. 10 at the headquarters of Baby2Baby, a nonprofit organization that provides low-income children with basic necessities such as diapers, clothing and other day-to-day essentials. The headquarters were transformed into a winter wonderland where 40 tiny guests of honor were treated to an afternoon of holiday magic with crafts, refreshments, music, a performance of The Nutcracker, and even a visit from Santa.

Actress Julie Bowen of “Modern Family” hosted the party, and got crafty making paper gingerbread houses with the children. Bowen has been a Baby2Baby supporter since shortly after her first son, Oliver, was born in 2008 . “Baby2Baby first started with three women who were literally driving around town to peoples’ garages in SUVs and emptying everything out and taking donations to homeless shelters,” says Bowen. “Then Kelly [Sawyer Patricof] and Norah [Weinstein] took over in 2011, and they have just rocketed the whole thing and taken it to 11. It’s been amazing what they’ve done.”

The children in attendance, many of whom have been living at an area shelter, were from Telfair Elementary School in L.A. “We are so grateful to Baby2Baby for providing students living in difficult circumstances a wonderful holiday experience they might otherwise not have,” says LAUSD Counselor, Stephan Blustajn, LCSW, who helped coordinate the event. “Because many of the students here today are in transitional housing, living in a shelter or living doubled up with other families, it’s wonderful to give them a joyful and memorable experience.”

The party also premiered designer Jill Smith’s exclusive holiday card collection for online stationery shop Tiny Prints, with a portion of the proceeds going to Baby2Baby. The partnership between the companies is a long-standing one, but this is the first holiday collection that will benefit the organization. “Tiny Prints has been a tremendous partner and incredibly generous,” said Kelly Sawyer Patricof, Baby2Baby’s co-president. “From sponsoring playdates and the upcoming gala to donating birth announcements and holiday card sales, the Baby2Baby Team and our Angel Supporters are extremely grateful for their support.”

To view the Tiny Prints Baby2Baby Holiday Collection, visit www.tinyprints.com/baby2baby.

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