1,000 Free Cribs for Local Families Help Emphasize Importance of Crib Safety

1-866-SafeCrib Leads Families to Cribs and Safety Tips



Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Freddie Mac Foundation

    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Freddie Mac Foundation and the
 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have teamed up to help parents
 make their child's first home a safe one through the Safe Cribs for Kids
 Campaign.  According to CPSC's statistics, almost 35 babies die each year from
 injuries associated with cribs, many of which are older, used cribs that are
 in disrepair or that predate current safety standards.  In response, the
 Foundation has committed to donate more than 1,000 new, safe cribs to parents
 in the Washington, DC area who need them, along with parenting information.
 The CPSC is ensuring that families receive important crib safety information
 with their new cribs.
     "At Freddie Mac, we finance homes, and through our Foundation, we strive
 to make these happy and healthy places to raise families.  Getting children
 off to a good start by helping to ensure that their first home is as safe as
 possible is an important step we can take in making homes happy and healthy.
 The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission shares our interest in children,
 and we're proud to work with them to ensure that children have futures full of
 hope and opportunity," explained Maxine B. Baker, president and CEO, Freddie
 Mac Foundation.
     "Safe cribs are essential to the health and well-being of our nation's
 babies.  At CPSC, we've set mandatory safety standards for cribs to ensure
 that babies have a safe place to sleep during their first two years.  Every
 day, we work to educate caregivers about the importance of using safe cribs
 and bedding for babies.  We look forward to working with the Freddie Mac
 Foundation to save lives and prevent injuries," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown.
     In addition to the deaths in unsafe cribs, as many as one-third of the
 babies who die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) each year may have
 suffocated in soft, fluffy bedding, such as quilts, comforters and pillows.
 About two-thirds of all parents say they keep these products in the crib, but
 this figure is even higher among minorities and low-income families.  Sleeping
 on an adult bed also poses dangers to babies.  CPSC estimates 64 babies die
 every year when they are put to sleep on adult beds.  The conditions facing
 many families in our region contribute to the problem.  In Washington, DC
 alone, 40 percent of children live in poverty and 3,400 mothers and children
 live in DC's shelters and transitional housing, putting their children at even
 greater risk.
     The information provided to parents from CPSC includes safety tips on
 putting babies to sleep safely, such as:
 
     *  Place your baby to sleep in a safe crib that meets current safety
        standards.
     *  Make sure the mattress fits snugly.
     *  Put your baby to sleep on his or her back to reduce the risk of SIDS.
     *  Remove all soft bedding from your baby's crib to prevent suffocation.
 
     To request a new crib along with crib safety and parenting information,
 new parents should call 1-866-SAFECRIB.  The toll-free number will refer them
 to one of 12 local non-profits who have agreed to help distribute the cribs
 and the information.  By meeting directly with families, the non-profits will
 also be able to offer families other services they may want or need.  After
 meeting, the families will receive a voucher that can be redeemed for a crib
 and mattress at local Toys-R-Us stores.  The Metropolitan Washington Council
 of Governments is managing the voucher process with the non-profits.
     The 12 non-profits span the region and include: Adelphi Langley Park
 Family Support Center, Catholic Charities, Community Action Council of Howard
 County, DC Developing Families Center in DC, Family Partnership of Frederick,
 Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, MotherNet/Healthy Families Loudoun,
 Montgomery County's Family Services Agency, Northern Virginia Family Services,
 Prince George's Child Care Resource Center, Progressive Life Center, and
 Upcounty Family Center.
     "The need is tremendous in our community. Everyday we encounter young
 parents who desperately need cribs and access to parenting and crib
 information, and they represent only a fraction of the total need.  That's why
 we are proud to participate in the Safe Cribs for Kids Campaign.  By elevating
 the issue, we can hopefully educate parents about how they can help their
 children succeed," Dolores Farr, executive director, Healthy Babies Project at
 the DC Developing Families Center, the site of the campaign kick-off where a
 local parent received the first crib.
     Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Freddie Mac Foundation plans to
 grant nearly $20 million this year to organizations working to prevent child
 abuse and neglect, improve early childhood education opportunities, find
 permanent homes for foster children and promote youth development.  Supporting
 parenting education, such as through this Campaign, is part of the
 Foundation's prevention strategy.
 
     Created by Freddie Mac in 1990, the Freddie Mac Foundation is dedicated to
 opening the doors to hope and opportunity to children and their families.  As
 one of the largest corporate funders in the Washington, DC metropolitan area,
 Freddie Mac and the Freddie Mac Foundation have invested more than $95 million
 in nonprofit organizations serving children and families.
 (http://www.freddiemacfoundation )
 
     The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent
 federal regulatory agency created to protect the public from unreasonable
 risks of injuries and deaths associated with some 15,000 types of consumer
 products. An important part of this mission is to inform the public about
 product hazards. (http://www.cpsc.gov or 800-638-2772)
 
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SOURCE Freddie Mac Foundation
    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Freddie Mac Foundation and the
 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) have teamed up to help parents
 make their child's first home a safe one through the Safe Cribs for Kids
 Campaign.  According to CPSC's statistics, almost 35 babies die each year from
 injuries associated with cribs, many of which are older, used cribs that are
 in disrepair or that predate current safety standards.  In response, the
 Foundation has committed to donate more than 1,000 new, safe cribs to parents
 in the Washington, DC area who need them, along with parenting information.
 The CPSC is ensuring that families receive important crib safety information
 with their new cribs.
     "At Freddie Mac, we finance homes, and through our Foundation, we strive
 to make these happy and healthy places to raise families.  Getting children
 off to a good start by helping to ensure that their first home is as safe as
 possible is an important step we can take in making homes happy and healthy.
 The U.S. Consumer Safety Product Commission shares our interest in children,
 and we're proud to work with them to ensure that children have futures full of
 hope and opportunity," explained Maxine B. Baker, president and CEO, Freddie
 Mac Foundation.
     "Safe cribs are essential to the health and well-being of our nation's
 babies.  At CPSC, we've set mandatory safety standards for cribs to ensure
 that babies have a safe place to sleep during their first two years.  Every
 day, we work to educate caregivers about the importance of using safe cribs
 and bedding for babies.  We look forward to working with the Freddie Mac
 Foundation to save lives and prevent injuries," said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown.
     In addition to the deaths in unsafe cribs, as many as one-third of the
 babies who die from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) each year may have
 suffocated in soft, fluffy bedding, such as quilts, comforters and pillows.
 About two-thirds of all parents say they keep these products in the crib, but
 this figure is even higher among minorities and low-income families.  Sleeping
 on an adult bed also poses dangers to babies.  CPSC estimates 64 babies die
 every year when they are put to sleep on adult beds.  The conditions facing
 many families in our region contribute to the problem.  In Washington, DC
 alone, 40 percent of children live in poverty and 3,400 mothers and children
 live in DC's shelters and transitional housing, putting their children at even
 greater risk.
     The information provided to parents from CPSC includes safety tips on
 putting babies to sleep safely, such as:
 
     *  Place your baby to sleep in a safe crib that meets current safety
        standards.
     *  Make sure the mattress fits snugly.
     *  Put your baby to sleep on his or her back to reduce the risk of SIDS.
     *  Remove all soft bedding from your baby's crib to prevent suffocation.
 
     To request a new crib along with crib safety and parenting information,
 new parents should call 1-866-SAFECRIB.  The toll-free number will refer them
 to one of 12 local non-profits who have agreed to help distribute the cribs
 and the information.  By meeting directly with families, the non-profits will
 also be able to offer families other services they may want or need.  After
 meeting, the families will receive a voucher that can be redeemed for a crib
 and mattress at local Toys-R-Us stores.  The Metropolitan Washington Council
 of Governments is managing the voucher process with the non-profits.
     The 12 non-profits span the region and include: Adelphi Langley Park
 Family Support Center, Catholic Charities, Community Action Council of Howard
 County, DC Developing Families Center in DC, Family Partnership of Frederick,
 Mary's Center for Maternal and Child Care, MotherNet/Healthy Families Loudoun,
 Montgomery County's Family Services Agency, Northern Virginia Family Services,
 Prince George's Child Care Resource Center, Progressive Life Center, and
 Upcounty Family Center.
     "The need is tremendous in our community. Everyday we encounter young
 parents who desperately need cribs and access to parenting and crib
 information, and they represent only a fraction of the total need.  That's why
 we are proud to participate in the Safe Cribs for Kids Campaign.  By elevating
 the issue, we can hopefully educate parents about how they can help their
 children succeed," Dolores Farr, executive director, Healthy Babies Project at
 the DC Developing Families Center, the site of the campaign kick-off where a
 local parent received the first crib.
     Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Freddie Mac Foundation plans to
 grant nearly $20 million this year to organizations working to prevent child
 abuse and neglect, improve early childhood education opportunities, find
 permanent homes for foster children and promote youth development.  Supporting
 parenting education, such as through this Campaign, is part of the
 Foundation's prevention strategy.
 
     Created by Freddie Mac in 1990, the Freddie Mac Foundation is dedicated to
 opening the doors to hope and opportunity to children and their families.  As
 one of the largest corporate funders in the Washington, DC metropolitan area,
 Freddie Mac and the Freddie Mac Foundation have invested more than $95 million
 in nonprofit organizations serving children and families.
 (http://www.freddiemacfoundation )
 
     The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is an independent
 federal regulatory agency created to protect the public from unreasonable
 risks of injuries and deaths associated with some 15,000 types of consumer
 products. An important part of this mission is to inform the public about
 product hazards. (http://www.cpsc.gov or 800-638-2772)
 
                     MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT -  Click Here
                http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X91386236
 
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