114 Cribs for Families that Might not be able to Afford Them
The de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation will donate $8,000 to Hamilton County’s Help Me Grow program for the purchase of cribs to help low-income families provide safe sleeping arrangements for their newborns.
Unsafe sleeping arrangements can lead to death. Hamilton County’s annual Child Fatality Review reports found that unsafe sleeping arrangements may have contributed to 75 child deaths from 2007-2011.
The money from the de Cavel Foundation will buy 114 cribs for families that might not be able to afford them.
“Our hope is that no family will have to experience the loss that we did,” said the de Cavels, who lost their 3-month old daughter, Tatiana, to SIDS in 2002. “And we are glad to promote the message of safe sleep and to directly make a difference in the lives of 114 local families.”
“We want every child to have the option of a crib because that is the best option,” said Moira Weir, director of Hamilton County Job and Family Services, which finances the local Help Me Grow program. “Couches, playpens and adult beds are not appropriate sleeping arrangements for children and can result in them rolling into a position where they cannot breathe, or an adult rolling over on to them. We are thankful the de Cavel Foundation has taken up this cause.”
The de Cavel Family SIDS Foundation (formerly 7 DAYS for SIDS) is an organization founded by Jean-Robert & Annette de Cavel and a dedicated group of volunteers and local restaurateurs. Their mission is to raise funds for research, education and outreach as well as for the Tatiana de Cavel Scholarship at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State.
Help me Grow, operated locally by Hamilton County Developmental Disabilities Services, is Ohio’s attempt at coordinating community-based services for newborns to age 3. The goal is to help parents work with children at a critical time in their development, helping to nurture their health and development for success in later life.