FRIDLEY, Minn. – A Fridley elementary school hosted a school-wide service project to help a Minnesota-based nonprofit organization, Babies Need Boxes.
R. L. Stevenson Elementary School students assembled over 600 Baby Boxes to be distributed across Minnesota.
“What is really cool of doing this event is we are bringing a message of safe sleep to the students who may have a baby brother or sister, and they need to know what safe sleep looks like as well,” said Danielle Selassie, Babies Need Boxes founder and executive director.
Selassie founded the organization in 2015 as a way to help mothers in Minnesota succeed. Babies Need Boxes recently expanded to Ohio and also received funding from the Bezos Family Foundation, given a boost by the founder of Amazon.
The Baby Box Co., based in California, provides the box, a waterproof mattress, a sheet, and safe sleep literature. In addition, each box is filled with resources to promote postpartum maternal care and baby care. Babies Need Boxes focuses on the education related to safe sleep practices to save babies’ lives.
The use of Baby Boxes has been credited with helping Finland achieve one of the world’s lowest infant mortality rates. The initiative is credited with helping to decrease Finland’s infant mortality rate from 65 deaths for each 1,000 children born in 1938 to 1.3 deaths per 1,000 births in 2013, per the World Health Organization.