Grant to Fund “Cribs for Kids” in Allegany County

Southern Tier Health Care System 2016Southern Tier Health Care System, Inc. (STHCS) is a certified Cribs for Kids partner for Western New York.

Through Cribs for Kids, STHCS has been able to purchase Graco Pack ’n Plays and provide them at no cost to needy families who cannot afford a crib or Pack ’n Play on their own. This program has the potential to save the lives of newborns by creating a safe sleep environment for them. The Allegany County Area Foundation provided a $500 grant to enable Allegany County residents to take advantage of this program.

Sleep-related death is the number one killer of infants 1 to 12 months old in the United States. Although sleep-related infant deaths have declined in recent years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said almost 2,500 infants die in the US each year while sleeping and napping.

Since 1998, Cribs for Kids® National Infant Safe Sleep Initiative has been making an impact on the rate of babies dying of sleep-related death in unsafe sleeping environments. The mission of Cribs for Kids® is to prevent these deaths by educating parents and caregivers on the importance of practicing safe sleep for their babies and by providing Graco® Pack ‘n Play® portable cribs to families who, otherwise, cannot afford a safe place for their babies to sleep.

Southern Tier Health Care System is the founding agency of the Southern Tier Child Health and Safety Team. This team is a state-certified child fatality review team tasked with investigating the causes of unexpected and preventable child deaths in Allegany and Cattaraugus counties. The team is supported by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. For more information about the work of the Southern Tier Health Care System please call 716-372-0614 or visit their web site at:

Grants such as this one are made possible through the generous gifts of Allegany County residents. The ACAF Grant Committee, chaired by Rod Bennett, awards grant. Non-profit organizations may apply online. Please call 585-808-8444 or e-mail: for more information.  The application due date for the next grant cycle is on May 15, 2016.

In the attached picture (L to R): Abbe Kahm, Prevention Coordinator for the Southern Tier Health Care System and Denis Dahlgren, ACAF Executive Director.