A Tulsa nonprofit needs your help to provide essential items for thousands of babies in need through its Citywide Baby Shower.
Emergency Infant Services is collecting diapers, baby food, and other essentials, which it said will help up to 18,000 children. All you have to do to help is add an extra item to your shopping list.
Don't let their little features deceive you, because those babbling babies have a large list of needs.
Jacky Escobedo with Emergency Infant Services in Tulsa said many parents struggle to put food on the table and clothes on the family’s backs. She said no one should have to sacrifice their basic needs.
"So far, for the month of September, our numbers have been a lot higher than previous years,” said Jacky Escobedo, EIS Social Service Director.
The nonprofit serves over 18,000 children and their families each year. During the pandemic, it’s gone from helping 30-40 families a day to more than 50.
Jennifer Buck with EIS' Young Professionals Board said everyone is experiencing sticker shock at the grocery store.
"There's been, you know, production delays and things like that which of course drive the cost up," said Buck.
Buck said the donation-based nonprofit needs its upcoming Citywide Baby Shower to be successful in order to meet the needs of its clients.
"It's an emergency. They need some help right now,” said Buck.
You can help through its donation drive, which is Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with several locations across Tulsa. Those include Emergency Infant Services’ Downtown Tulsa location, a drive through option on the south side of Lafortune Park, 13 Reasor's locations or online through EIS' website and Amazon Wishlist.
EIS is asking for diapers, pull ups, wipes, baby food, baby formula, and gently used items such as clothes, shoes, toys, books, car seats, Pack ‘N Plays, and strollers.
"One pack of diapers to us might not be a big deal but to some families in Tulsa it means everything," said Buck.
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