Friday, May 13, 2011

Children are the Future

"Children are one third of our population and all of our future."
~Select Panel for the Promotion of Child Health, 1981

For our June meeting, we will be collecting baby items for The Teddy Bear Den, which is a March of Dimes program that promotes good prenatal care and healthy  behaviors during pregnancy.  Teddy Bear Den accepts new or hand-made items.  The most needed items are: Diapers (sizes newborn to size 5), Wipes, Lotion, Shampoo or Baby Wash, Baby Powder, Diaper Rash Ointment, Bottles and Sippy Cups, Binkies, Onesies, Sleepers or Pajamas, Blankets, Shoes and other clothing for babies. 

Some interesting fact about The Teddy Bear Den 
The Teddy Bear Den serves approximately 1,000 women every year.  It has been in operation for five years and has served over 5,000 women.  Right now, between 100 and 200 new women sign up each month for the program.  Most of teh referrals come from the Community Health Center.  All are low income.  910 babies are born in utah each week. Of those, 137 do not receive adequate prenatal care.  Inadequate prenatal care can lead to premature birth, low birth weight, failure to thrive, etc. 

Our upcoming meeting
will be at Ardis' home,
June 7, 10:00 a.m. 
We will be working on Christmas Ornaments again for our Festival of Trees project, collect the baby items and have a Potluck Lunch. 
Bring a friend and come and enjoy a few hours of service.

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