Pennies for pampers

I would like to give a special thank you to the 80 children from the Downtown Y’s summer camp who toured our agency this morning. Members of the group, which range in age from 5-15, have been busy all summer collecting pennies and in-kind goods for their “Pennies for Pampers” penny drive benefiting Infant Crisis Services. They learned from their counselors we help babies and toddlers in need. With that as their motivation, they presented Miki Farris, Infant Crisis Services executive director, with a sack full of new and gently used clothing, a check for $50 and more than 37,900 pennies, or $379.

During the tour, members of this inquisitive group asked some very good questions that kept me on my toes, proving once again youth indeed care about their community and the generation being born right now. Here are the top five questions (my answers are in italics):

Do you have a boss?
Me: Of course! Miki Farris, to whom you made the presentation, is my boss.

Do you make money here?
Me: No, we are a nonprofit, which means we raise money to buy items to help those in need and we give all of those items away.

Do you get help from DHS?
Me: Yes, DHS is what we call a referral agency. They tell parents who can’t provide necessities to their children right now that they can receive formula, food and diapers here. We really depend on them to refer clients in need to us so we can help them.

Is everything free or low cost to the babies and toddlers?
Me: Thanks to young donors like you, everything we provide to babies and toddlers is absolutely free.