Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the largest birthing centres in Canada with approximately 7,000 babies born at the Hospital every year. Although a baby's arrival is a happy addition for most, it can create financial challenges for some. The basic needs of a baby are enormous - food, diapers, clothing, blankets and toys are all required for a healthy and happy baby.
That’s why the Women's Auxiliary introduced Baby's First Comfort, a program designed specifically to assist people who are financially compromised. Launched in 1993, the program supplies a layette filled with items to assist both the baby and mom. The Auxiliary works with the Hospital's social work department to ensure the families in need receive their packages.
“On average, we give away two layettes a week" says Mila Bajic, a social worker in the maternity ward. "I've seen firsthand the difference they make. Some families are facing financial challenges, so to receive these packages filled with supplies is so important to them and really helps relieve a lot of the stress they face.”
Currently, the program is co-chaired by Cyndy Rosenthal and Rhonda Silverstone, who are members of the Women's Auxiliary Executive Committee. They personally take care of ordering the contents and package each individual layette, totalling more than 120 a year.
"It is a privilege to provide these layettes to disadvantaged individuals for the past 17 years." says Cyndy and Rhonda. "Knowing we are making a difference in the lives of others is incredibly rewarding. We are so proud to be a part of the Mount Sinai community."
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