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Friday, November 7, 2008

New pantry program will aid struggling families with newborns

INDIANAPOLIS – Many central Indiana families are struggling to weather today’s tough economic climate and find it increasingly difficult when a new baby arrives in the household.

That’s why St. Francis Hospital & Health Centers has established the Newborn Pantry, a program designed to ensure that families have some of the necessities for their newborn infants.

The program is accepting donations – new and gently used – such as baby blankets, diapers, wipes, bibs, crib sheets and one-piece body suits. The donations will be collected from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at kickoff "baby showers" at the following facilities:

Nov. 17: St. Francis Hospital-Mooresville (Swisher Conference Center), 1201 Hadley Road
Nov. 18: St. Francis Hospital-Indianapolis (Classroom II), 8111 S. Emerson Ave.
Nov. 19: St. Francis Hospital-Beech Grove (basemen auditorium), 1600 Albany St.

It’s estimated that 40 percent of babies born at St. Francis hospitals are in families who are struggling financially, have limited resources or receiving charity care.

"St. Francis has always looked for ways to meet the needs of the community," said Sister Marlene Shapley, vice president of mission services. "The Newborn Pantry is a way our staff is reaching out to meet the needs of our newest members."

For more information about donations, contact Mischelle Frank at 317-782-6517.