Moose collect diapers, baby necessities, clothing and hygiene items to help children in need
Elks Lodge of Liberty collects donations of items for children and young mothers in need. Two simultaneous collections are underway to collect diapers, wipes and baby items for infants, toddlers and young mothers, as well as hygiene items and clothing for older children.
Elks Lodge spokesperson Jennifer Regen says the campaigns will also be boosted by grants the local lodge has received from the national organization Elks Lodge.
“About two weeks ago Liberty Elks Lodge was approved for two grants. The way Elks Lodge works is that you have to use the funding in a short amount of time. Since the Elks are very community-based, the grants are intended to help our communities. Much of the help we normally provide is for children and adults with special needs, as well as veterans. These particular grants we have received have been opened up beyond our normal groups, so this time around the focus will be on helping children and pregnant women or new mothers,” Regen said.
One of the two grants called a $2,500 Spotlight Grant will be directed to Liberty County Child Protective Services’ Rainbow Room, which provides children in foster care with basic clothing, diapers, supplies school supplies and the hygiene items they need after they are removed from their homes and placed in foster care.
“We’re using some of the grant money to buy gym bags that can be packed with items the kids can use when they’re out of the house,” Regen said. “We hope to donate at least 100 bags to the Rainbow Room. Everyone always gives toys away at Christmas, but we want to think beyond the things they might need all year round.
The second grant is a Beacon grant of $3,500 and will be used to provide items for young mothers, toddlers and infants. The Liberty Elks Lodge originally planned to direct this funding to the Pregnancy Center in Dayton, but that organization is no longer in operation. As a result, the Elks are working with the Texas State Department of Health Services to provide items to mothers receiving assistance through the Women, Infants and Children program. They also hope to connect with other young mothers in need by identifying them with the help of local schools and organizations.
“The hope is to ease the burden for some of these young mothers. We want to help as many parents as possible with items they can use during their pregnancy or once the baby is here,” Regen said.
Some of the suggested items for the Rainbow Room reader are hygiene items like shampoos, soaps, nail clippers, cleaning products, socks, pajamas, and underwear. As affected children range in age from birth to late teens, this leaves the door open for a wide range of items. No used clothing or items will be accepted.
For the pregnancy and toddler collection, the Elks hope to receive donations of baby wipes, diapers, baby cleanser, diaper ointment and other items needed to care for a child in the early years. of his life.
Trips will continue through February 28 with drop-offs available daily Monday through Saturday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Elks Lodge is located on FM 563, just a few miles south of US 90 in Liberty. The Lodge is located just south of the Trinity Valley Exposition Fairgrounds.
For questions, call Regen at 713-540-3708.