BABY PANTRY RECEIVES BOOK DONATIONS


Baby Pantry Book Donation BABY PANTRY RECEIVES BOOK DONATIONS

The children served by the Gladwin County Baby Pantry were the recipients of a recent donation of 200 books from a local teachers union.

Members of the Clare-Gladwin Education Federation (AFT Local 04945) secured a grant to pay for the books through the First Book Company, and the books, valued at several hundred dollars, were delivered recently to the pantry. In addition to this donation, each member of the local union was allotted $150 to purchase books for classroom/therapy settings.

The Gladwin County Baby Pantry, located at 116 Pearson Street in Beaverton, has been in operation for 15 years and opened its doors at its new location late last year with a mission to prevent child abuse and neglect through a means of early support, intervention and education to at-risk parents and babies. The baby pantry is meant to be a supplemental source for baby/toddler needs and is funded by the Gladwin Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Council through a grant from the Children’s Trust Fund, as well as local donations and fundraising efforts.

AFT Local 04945 is comprised of nearly 60 professional employees who work for the Clare-Gladwin Regional Education Service District. The union has plans to acquire additional books for other agencies and organizations in the community. 

Pictured are AFT Local 04945 President Matthew Smith, Gladwin County Baby Pantry Director Joann Hoag and AFT Michigan Field Representative Gary Wellnitz.