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Mitzvah Project: Keeping Babies Safe

We’re happy to share this important cause with you as an option for your child’s Bar Bat Mitzvah Project:

For Joyce Davis, President of Keeping Babies Safe, inspiration was born of tragedy. Joyce lost her four month-old son, Garret, through the simple act of adding a supplemental mattress to her boy’s portable crib—a mattress advertised as suitable and safe.

Determined to spare other families this heartbreak, she founded Keeping Babies Safe to educate parents about crib and sleep safety, and to advocate for more stringent consumer product safety regulation laws.


Pictured above: The Davis family

“These dangers are completely preventable,” Joyce says. “Cribs are the most important product in your home for your baby, the only place where your child is left unattended. We supply reliable information to parents so they can be better informed to protect their babies.”

Joyce’s three daughter’s, Eliza, now 20 years old, Lauren, now 19 years old and Jamie, now 13 years old, have all done different Mitzvah Projects benefitting their family’s organization Keeping Babies Safe.

Each of Joyce’s daughters raised money for Keeping Babies Safe to help ensure that all babies had a safe sleep environment. They donated all the money raised from each of their events to purchase cribs and sheets and safe sleep educational materials for families in New Jersey and worked with the New Jersey Department of Child & Family Services to identify and distribute the cribs. 

Here’s more details of each Mitzvah Project:

Eliza held a 5K Run/Walk at Harry Dunham Park in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, and raised over $50,000!

Davis Mitzvah Project

A banner sign for the 5K Run/Walk

Davis Mitzvah Project

A big crowd came out for this event

Davis Mitzvah Project


For Lauren’s Mitzvah Project, she decide to hold a Spin A Thon and raised over $3,500.

Davis Mitzvah Project
Jamie held a group workout with Guerrilla Fitness Crossfit and raised over $4,000.

Davis Mitzvah Project

Davis Mitzvah Project

Davis Mitzvah Project

Students can incorporate Keeping Babies Safe into any aspect of their Bar Bat Mitzvah celebration. For a donation, they offer centerpieces, party favors and displays that show your commitment to the cause.

Joyce Davis Mitzvah Project
Keeping Babies Safe bima basket that was recently used for a Mitzvah Project


Joyce Davis Mitzvah Project

Get involved in the upcoming 5K Walk/Run taking place on Sunday, October 11, 2015

If you would like your Mitzvah Project to benefit Keeping Babies Safe or more information, please contact Joyce Davis at jdavis@keepingbabiessafe.org.


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