The Welcome Baby program - and its central component, the Welcome Baby Bundle - has been chosen by all our rural regions as a key child abuse prevention strategy. Tiny new community members are being welcomed with a special gift in East, South, and West Lane County. Every family with a new baby in these regions is eligible to receive a Welcome Baby Bundle, which is delivered by a neighbor. Each family also receives the Period of PURPLE Crying training (which can be shared with other caregivers), a program designed to reduce rates of "shaken baby syndrome."
The Welcome Baby Bundle is a beautiful example of the community coming together to make a difference in the lives of the families who live there. Each item in the bundle is sponsored by a local business or organization; community members are trained to make deliveries; civic groups come together to assemble the boxes; local sponsors provide storage space and run background checks on volunteers.
More than 200 families have already received a Welcome Baby Bundle. Currently, 90by30 Regional Teams are working toward universal distribution in Cottage Grove, Creswell, Deadwood, Dexter, Dunes City, Fall Creek, Florence, Lowell, Mapleton, Oakridge, Swisshome, Westfir, Westlake, and surrounding areas. The hope is that one day soon, every baby born in Lane County is welcomed with a personal visit and a Welcome Baby Bundle.
Click here to find out if you’re in a region currently served by the program and to reserve your bundle.