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Today we are seeing the economy at an all-time low with unemployment higher than it has been in decades. The impact on local families in Douglas County has been significant. As a result, families with infants and small children, who were once thriving, are now finding themselves helpless in their attempt to meet the everyday needs of their growing family. Parents who once were employed and could provide for their families now have to seek help with obtaining items such as diapers, wipes, and clothing. This year alone, more than 1900 items totaling more than $10,900 have already been given to local babies in need. Through a local charity called Newborns in Need, the Douglas County Health Department has been able to help distribute desperately needed items to some of our smallest residents.
The Southwest Missouri Chapter of Newborns in Need, Inc., a 501(c)3 charity serves premature, sick, and needy newborns and small children in Douglas county by providing clothing such as gowns, sleepers, t-shirts, and socks, as well as blankets and other essential items. Items such as diapers and wipes which cannot be paid for with food stamps are made available through Newborns in Need, by contributions from local businesses and donations received during Newborns In Need’s annual, month-long baby shower, which will take place this year in October.
Newborns in Need is asking for your assistance to help meet the ever-growing need in Douglas County. You can make a difference in the life of a child by taking part in the 3rd annual Newborns in Need Baby Shower.
Beginning Oct. 1, Douglas County businesses, local agencies and residents can sponsor a baby shower, collect donations, make contributions or simply help by getting the word out. Help NIN continue to make a way for parents who are struggling.
To find out how your agency, business or community group can participate please contact Jerrie Brooks at the Douglas County Health Department for more information (417-683-4174), or email@example.com. To drop off donations or contributions, during the month of October, please visit the Douglas County Health Department at 603 NW 12th Ave in Ava between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. (closed 12-12:30 p.m. for lunch).