By Aisha I. Jefferson
South metro area hospitals are able to help newborns in need, thanks to the kindness of a few McDonough and Locust Grove moms.
The MOMS Club McDonough East/Locust Grove donated $500, or 25-percent of proceeds from yard and bake sales it held May 14, to the Newborns in Need, Inc. Southside Georgia chapter. The club also donated 17 diaper bags with bottles, liners, infant formula, clothing and blankets.
"There are people who can not afford the things that you need to get started," said Kim Baldwin, MOMS Club McDonough East/Locust Grove administrative vice-president. "We felt that they were a very worthy organization."
Baldwin said a member presented the idea of donating to Newborns in Need after reading an article on the organization in a local paper.
"They're always in need for materials that their volunteers will need to make the clothing," Baldwin said.
Newborns in Need, Inc. Southside Georgia chapter president Becky Poisson said she is grateful for the MOMS Club donation.
"I was so pleased that a group of young mothers could get together and think about mothers who didn't have anything for their babies," Poisson said.
Poisson said she started the local Newborns in Need chapter in 2001, after attending another chapter's meetings in Snellville.
"I just knew hospitals in this area needed things also," Poisson said. "We wanted our time and effort to benefit the babies on this side of town."
And the local Newborns in Need chapter's work has not been in vain.
Poisson said members prepare handmade nightgowns and burial layettes among other infant items, and donate them to various hospitals in the south metro area, including Henry Medical Center and Southern Regional Medical Center.
Over the past month, Poisson said she has personally made a dozen burial layettes in her spare time.
"We're putting our talents and using them for people that are in need," Poisson said.
Of all of the hospitals the chapter donates to, Poisson said Southern Regional is the most in need, which also is why the organization meets and does a lot of its sewing in one of the hospital's conference rooms.
Julie Appel, Southern Regional Neonatal Intensive Care Unit educator, said the hospital is very thankful for Newborns in Need's contributions.
"Newborns in Need make specific items for babies, so they can have items to take home with them," Appel said, adding, the hospital has a lot of mothers who "just don't have the financial need."
"They provide a special service to our families in need," she said.
Headquartered in Missouri, the national Newborns in Need organization was founded in 1992, and provides essential items without charge to those in need, Poisson explained.
Aside from Newborns in Need, the MOMS Club McDonough East/ Locust Grove also donates to Haven House and a local food bank.
An acronym for Moms Offering Moms Support, The MOMS Club is an international non-profit organization aimed specifically at stay-at-home mothers of children of all age groups. The MOMS Club was started in 1983 and has more than 80,000 members. The MOMS Club McDonough East/ Locust Grove was started 2001, and currently has 34 members, Baldwin said.
The McDonough East/ Locust Grove chapter covers all of Locust Grove and parts of McDonough with the 30252 zip code. There is a MOMS Club McDonough West chapter that covers the 30253 zip code.
Anyone interested in finding out more information on the MOMS Club McDonough East/ Locust Grove chapter, call (770) 914-3613.
Those interested in volunteering for or donating to the local Newborns in Need chapter, call (770) 474-6338.