Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Homeless kids need all that stuff in your garage

Posted By on Wed, Apr 24, 2013 at 8:00 AM

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As the proud auntie of a baby nephew, I'm aware of how quickly tiny tikes move through merchandise. Those adorable overalls I bought him? Too small within a couple months. The toy he was fascinated with in March? So passe in April.

So I was actually sort of surprised to see that Springs Rescue Mission is hurting for baby and toddler gear. I see only two possible explanations:

1) Every parent has a garage packed down with thousands of dollars worth of baby gear they'll never use again.

2) People don't realize that ever since the recession, the growth in homelessness has really been in families. Sadly, foreclosures and unemployment have left many kids without a home.

So hey, if you've got a packed garage, this is the time to unload it.

Springs Rescue Mission (SRM) has launched a Baby and Toddler Supplies Drive to run through mid-June of this year. SRM President & CEO Rev. Joe Vazquez announced the drive Monday, April 22.

“Babies and toddlers clearly make up one of the most vulnerable groups in our community,” Rev. Vazquez said. “Add any challenge to a household budget — a medical bill, overdue utilities, a hike in gasoline or grocery prices — and vulnerable children become at-risk children.

“Supplies for this precious group of kids have proven to be crucial not only for the children but also for their families. The expenses to help ensure that a small child thrives can represent a significant part of a young family’s income. Any help that we can direct toward these children and their families will make a huge difference for them as they enter the summer months.”

Needed items include baby and toddler clothing, up-to-date car seats, baby food, baby wipes, baby soap and shampoo, baby and toddler toys, and diapers of all sizes. The community is invited to drop off these supplies on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in front of the Springs Rescue Mission administration building, located at 5 West Las Vegas Street in Colorado Springs. The supplies will then be taken to the Mission’s Supportive Family Services for distribution.

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