Parents in attendance from the federally-designated distressed county and surrounding area received essential baby items such as car seats, formula, diapers and wipes, new clothing, baby toys and other baby supplies needed to help their children thrive.
“Mothers in vulnerable communities across the state can often be burdened by the costs associated with the necessities that are required to support and care for their children,” said First Lady Maria Lee. “We’re proud to play a role in strengthening Tennessee families by equipping them today with the tools and supplies needed to raise strong and healthy children.”
The Tennessee Serves team, Mother To Mother staff and volunteers provided items to more than 70 families at the distribution.
“Our rural outreach program allows us to provide essential health and safety items to families in areas where access is limited,” said Janie Busbee, executive director and founder of Mother To Mother. “Social and financial barriers deprive families of the basic necessities needed to thrive. Our team works to remove some of those barriers by taking resources directly to the community and distributing them, free of charge.”
Since Tennessee Serves launched in 2019, the First Lady’s initiative has partnered with Mother To Mother to provide baby necessities to families in distressed counties across the state and donated items to benefit the nonprofit’s distribution events. This is the first Mother To Mother event to have been fully sponsored by Tennessee Serves.
This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at https://www.tn.gov/firstlady/newsroom/2023/2/28/tennessee-serves-provides-baby-items-for-families-in-lake-county.html