Because No Baby Should Go Hungry
The holiday season is full of giving and gratitude. However, while you’ve been dreaming of an expensive new watch or picking up the perfect gift for your sister, some families are simply hoping for the basic necessities with which to feed and clothe their infants. This is where Infant Crisis Services comes in. With the community’s support, this nonprofit organization helps needy families year ‘round.
I talked to Garrett Hondronastas, communications coordinator from Infant Crisis Services, about their organization and what readers can do to help.
What is your mission?
Infant Crisis Services provides life-sustaining food, formula and diapers for babies and toddlers in times of crisis … because no baby should go hungry.
When were you founded and what are some details of your organization?
Infant Crisis Services was founded in 1984. We are a completely privately funded nonprofit, meaning that we receive no state, federal or United Way funding.
How has your organization grown over the years, including growth in number of clients?
Infant Crisis Services started as a Sunday school class at Westminster Presbyterian Church. We are now the only food, formula and diaper pantry in central Oklahoma. Last year alone, we served more than 18,800 babies.
Can you provide a brief description of some of the programs and services you offer?
Infant Crisis Services only has one program: feeding and diapering the neediest and most helpless in our community.
What areas do you serve?
From our main office, we serve anyone who walks into our door with a child of less than 48 months. We also have our BabyMobile, a mobile food, formula and diaper pantry. The BabyMobile is designed to eliminate the barrier of transportation that prevents many families from receiving our services. The BabyMobile travels to partner agencies in the Oklahoma City metro area, including Cleveland County.
What unique needs does your organization face?
Our largest need is donated baby and toddler items. We tend to ask most commonly for the following items: diapers (especially sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6), wipes, baby wash and sippy cups (new or gently used).
Do you partner with any organizations in the community? What is their involvement?
We partner with multiple agencies around the state. Their involvement varies.
What can people in the community do to help your organization?
People may donate items on our wish list, which can be found on our website listed below, or make a financial donation. We invite Cleveland County Lifestyle readers to visit us in-person and take a tour, then share information about our organization to friends and family. Also, if any of your readers know of anyone in need of our services, we ask that they send them our way so that we can help.
4224 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Oklahoma City, OK 73105
Facebook: Infant Crisis Services (be sure to like us!)
Twitter & Instagram: @infantcrisis