Rappahannock United Way

3310 Shannon Park Dr., Fredericksburg, VA 22408    |    (540) 373-0041

Healthy Beginnings

August & September

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Rappahannock United Way is Making Sure new Parents are Prepared for Parenthood!

Be there with us!

It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a caring community to help new moms and dads prepare for parenthood.  Rappahannock United Way is collecting new, age-appropriate supplies for local babies.  Healthy beginnings for babies and young children are vital for early childhood health and success!

Top needs: Diapers, wipes, and basic clothing items. 


37% of families with children in Virginia have income below the ALICE Threshold, which means their income might not be enough to cover the basics of food, shelter, childcare and healthcare.

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Bring together friends, neighbors or colleagues and host a Baby Shower to collect diapers, wipes and clothing essentials. Here are some resources for ideas and tools to help you get started.

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You can easily purchase new baby items to help this effort. Here are two easy options for purchasing and donating items:

  • Order them through our Amazon Wish List  and have them shipped directly to us.
  • Bring them to the RUW office and we’ll take it from there.
  • No time to shop? Use the Donate button and write “Baby Shower” in the Notes field.

Family economic hardship is consistently associated with negative outcomes for child health and academic success. Supporting parents is proven to be the best way to prevent adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) such as child abuse and neglect.

The U.S. is the most expensive country in the world to have a baby – major costs include medical bills and baby supplies.

Community Partners

We are proud to partner with Healthy Families to deliver these Seasons of Service activities!

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