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Supplies still needed for Brooks House babies

Mary E. Hinds maryhinds@lebanondemocrat.com • Updated Jul 26, 2013 at 10:05 PM

Timing is everything, and last Saturday the Wilson County Sheriff Department's attempt to collect supplies for the babies of Brooks House went on despite a torrential downpour.

But the shelter, which aids women and children in crisis, didn't receive as many baby items as was hoped.

Brooks House Director Liz Reese was on hand with Sheriff Robert Bryan as a few hardy souls braved the elements to bring diapers and other baby supplies for Brooks House.  

"We got quite a few things," Reese said after the event. "I'm still drying out."

But those things donated were not enough to keep Reese's youngest residents in diapers and other baby items so the collection has been extended. Lt. Crystal Corn organized the collection of baby items for the department.

"We had some people who came out in the rain," she said. "We had one Neighborhood Watch group that collected things in their neighborhood."

Corn said the department will continue to collect the needed baby items through May 8.

Reese said Brooks House currently has four babies at the shelter and six more with their mothers in local motels. That potentially means a lot of diapers and baby supplies are still needed.

While diapers top the list of needed items, Brooks House babies need other items, as well. The shelter's wish list of baby items includes diapers of all sizes from newborn to pull-ups, formula, bottles, baby shampoo and lotion, diaper wipes, baby food, cereal and toddler snacks. Reese said the house has enough baby equipment, but it's the items that get used up that are always in demand.

To keep the shelter babies in diapers, the sheriff's department decided to extended the collection.

"We want to let the public know they can still donate items," Corn said. "They can drop them off here at the sheriff's department from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m."

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