The Arcade Campus Center of Genesee Community College is sponsoring a drive for donations of new, unused baby items for “Everybody’s Baby Shower,” a community project sponsored by Angel Action, a program of Community Action of Wyoming County. The Arcade Campus Center hopes to help Angel Action reach their goal of 100,000 items for children ages birth to three years old. This is a project that started in Wyoming County and is being initiated throughout the New York State Community Action Angels Network. Led by the efforts of Lee Wekenmann, Arcade Campus associate, The ‘Everybody’s Baby Shower’ drive will run until December 10, 2010.
Donations of new, unwrapped gifts and baby supplies will be collected in boxes at the Arcade Campus Center, located at 25 Edward Street. Items such as disposable diapers, Pull Ups, wipes, rash ointment, formula, infant cereals, sleepers, onesies, blankets, tearless shampoo, infant bath tubs, bibs, pacifiers, socket plugs, cabinet locks, changing pads, bottles, sippy cups, pajamas and age appropriate books and toys will be accepted. The Arcade Campus Center is appealing to everyone who has ever had their lives touched by a baby to help those who are too little to ask. All donations collected locally will support local children.
“We’re stressing to our students and the community that one person, one purchase, can make a difference in the life of a child,” Dr. Deborah DiNoto, associate dean of the Arcade campus Center said. “You never know when you might need Community Action services yourself.”
Anyone making a donation at the Arcade Campus Center will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win a $50 Tops card (one raffle ticket per person per day, donate items as many days as you choose.) The drive will continue until the end of the fall semester. There will also be special ‘donor appreciation’ days where the first ten people to donate on that particular day will receive an additional appreciation gift.
“We are seeing a large increase in the problems in children caused by lack of basic necessities during this current recession. Reports are showing that the stress on children, even at that young age, is changing the brain structure and causing learning problems long after they enter school,” Pat Standish division director of Community Action of Wyoming County said. “Many people think that childhood poverty is felt most in the inner city, but only 34% of children who live in urban areas live in poverty and 56% live in rural areas like ours. To be honest, they are just too young to be able to verbalize their needs and get the help they so deserve.”
The Community Action Angels network has also been accepted as part of the Pepsi Refresh Project for the month of October. The Community Action Angels network could potentially win $25,000 which will be used to purchase infant swaddles to help in the prevention of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDs). In order to win, the project must be voted in the top ten of all possible projects. Currently, the Community Action Angels network “HUGS Project” ranking is at 84. In order to move up in ranking, community residents can vote online at http://www.refresheverything.com/angelhugsproject . Community members can also visit the Pepsi Refresh website and look up the HUGS Project. They can also text 102824 to Pepsi (73774) on a mobile phone.
The Arcade Campus Center is located at 25 Edward Street, Arcade. The Campus Center is open for donations Monday-Thursday 8:00am-9:00pm and Fridays 8:00am-4:00pm. For further information please contact Lee Wekenmann at the Arcade Campus Center at 585-492-5265 or Pat Standish of the Wyoming County Community Action at 585-237-2600.
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Editor’s Note: A photo of GCC Arcade student Brianca Parkin of Arcade, NY and her daughter Kelsey at the Arcade Campus Center’s ‘Everybody’s Baby Shower’ baby item drive.