Did you know that every week in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, an average of 69 babies are born prematurely, putting them at greater risk for lifelong health, developmental and cognitive problems? Another 50 infants are born with dangerously low birth weights, which threaten their very survival.
As part of Heart of Florida United Way’s focus on healthy children and families, we’re partnering with local companies, faith-based groups and students to support at-risk mothers and infants through a community-wide baby shower. With the holiday season just ahead, here are two great ways you can get involved and give back:
Host a Holiday Baby Shower
Join with co-workers and friends to host an infant-care supply drive between Nov. 11 and Dec. 8. Requested items include diapers, baby wipes, formula, new “Onesies” infant apparel, new blankets and books for children under the age of two. (By limiting the list, we hope to provide new mothers with all the “basics” they’ll need.) All donated items must be dropped off at United Way headquarters between Tues., Dec. 6 and Thurs. Dec. 8.
Pack and Deliver Day
Volunteer with co-workers and others to sort and deliver baby items on Fri., Dec. 9. Sorting will take place at United Way between 1 and 3 p.m., with deliveries scheduled from 3 to 5 p.m. Benfitting agencies include BETA Center, Children’s Home Society, Community Health Centers, Harbor House, Howard Phillips Center for Children and Families, and the Orange County Healthy Start Coalition.
Click here to learn how you can host a shower or help sort and deliver supplies. For additional information, please contact Shari Orr, United Way Manager of Community Particpation, at firstname.lastname@example.org.