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Beloved Babies Layette Program

Program Description

The Layette Program is the corner stone program of the Society. It has been a constant since our founding over 135 years ago. The Layette Program provides material assistance to babies born to low income families in the DC area. Many of these parents are faced with the added challenges of poverty, single parenthood, and unemployment. The Layette Program provides material assistance in the form of Welcome Kits, known as layettes. Each kit contains the essentials every newborn needs: onesies, sleepers, sleep sacks, diapers, baby wipes, children’s books, community resources, educational material, and a handmade blanket. We work with community partners such as hospitals, health clinics, high schools, family support centers, housing programs and day cares to distribute our layettes. In addition to material assistance, we provide literacy programs for children and families, including book distribution and story time.

Community Partners

A Woman’s Choice, Adelphi Langley Support Center, Adolescent Single Parent Program, Bright Beginnings, Capitol Hill Pregnancy Center, Centro Nia Early Head Start, Children’s National Medical Center, The Family Place, The Far Southeast Family Strengthening Collaborative, HHS Germantown Health Center, Healthy Families Arlington, Healthy Families Montgomery Co., Holy Cross Hospital OB/GYN Clinic, Howard University Hospital, Mary Center, Montgomery County Head Start, Montgomery Co. HHS, SS Health Center, Northwest Center, Northwestern High School, Child Development Center, P.G. County Health Department, Rosemount Center, Sanctuaries for Life, United Planning Organization, Unity Healthcare, Youth Professional Development.

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Knit/Crochet Baby Blankets (Click here to learn how)
  • Deliver Welcome Kits
  • Be a Blanket Buddy (deliver yarn and pickup blankets)
  • Medaling - including medals and prayer cards with the blankets
  • Coordinate Educational Materials - prepare educational material for the layette kits
  • Prepare and Assemble Layette Kits
  • Read to children
  • Sort and deliver donated books

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out our Volunteer Interest Form.