Cribs for Kids nonprofit to relocate to bigger space in Hazelwood
A nonprofit organization founded in Pittsburgh to prevent infant deaths by providing cribs will relocate its national headquarters from the North Shore to Hazelwood.
Cribs for Kids has purchased a two-story building at 5450 Second Ave. and will move there in about two months.
“We needed more space, and this empty warehouse was the right solution to our situation,” said Judith Bannon, executive director.
The organization, formed in 1998, assembles, packages and ships cribs to about 500 partners throughout the country, she said.
Graco Children's Products Inc. of Atlanta manufactures the cribs and ships them to Pittsburgh for distribution.
The partners are charged a fee, but they distribute the cribs for free to low-income families.
Cribs for Kids paid $1.15 million to Big Sky LLC for the building that crews are renovating to provide office space and room for volunteers to assemble the cribs. The organization will occupy the first floor and lease out the second floor, Bannon said.
She said 10 full-time employees will work at the location, moving from leased quarters at 810 River Ave.
Before starting Cribs for Kids, Bannon was executive director of Sudden Infant Death Services of Pennsylvania, a statewide partnership of advocates who promote infant survival and offer families grief support. She learned that many infant deaths happen because poor families cannot afford cribs and infants sleep on couches, chairs or in adult beds.
Sam Spatter is a Trib Total Media staff writer.
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