By Thomas Sellers Jr.
Each year Leadership Millington class members come up with projects and ideas to benefit the city.
Many of those projects can still be seen around town and have an impact on residents. Some of the Leadership Millington Class of 2014 members are shooting for a lasting effect with the Community Baby Shower benefiting the Millington Crisis Center.
Team Crisis Center is composed of Dave Hard, Doug Walker, Dee Clark, Cindy Branch and Jeremy Marcello.
“We have decided to do a community Baby Shower for the Millington Crisis Center,” Clark said. “We wanted to do something for the community. We talked to Lois Wilber at the Crisis Center. She said the main thing they really needed was baby items. So she wanted us to have them a baby shower.”
Team Crisis Center hopes this Baby Shower is the first of many to come. With a flyer designed by Walker, several boxes have been decorated and placed in several area business like Old Timer’s, Nex, Ritter Communication, Rosemark Christian Academy, Goody’s, Millington Child Development, First Citizens Bank, Trustmark Bank and Boatwrights.
“We don’t have very much right now, just a little,” Dee acknowledged. “We’re hoping to get quite a bit from each location.”
Walker noted how the Community Baby Shower is a chance for the residents of Millington to step up and help each other.
“The Crisis Center takes care of many folks,” he s aid. “So it’s incredibly important that we give back and not depend on just the business sector of the community. We can all contribute, that’s the easiest way to do it.”
Marcello said this project will hopefully net many baby items like cribs, diapers, baby cleaning products and more. The owner of Old Timers added another benefit will be awareness for all the Crisis Center does.
“I don’t think everybody knows about the Crisis Center,” he said. “This will help a lot with getting it recognized. They do so much.”
From helping pay utility bills, providing clothes, food and other household products, the Millington Crisis Center depends on donations to serve area residents.
With so many needs, Team Crisis Center said they wanted to help give parents of babies some help.
“There’s a great need in the Millington community,” Branch said. “Raising a baby now cost a lot. I heard one study say from 0 to 18, the cost of raising a child is a quarter of a million dollars. Now they’re saying it as much as $400,000.”
The 2014 Leadership Millington Class Community Baby Shower to benefit the Millington Crisis Center will be conducted throughout the month of June. The Community Baby Shower drop boxes are in several locations throughout the city to drop off baby items, look for the official Baby Shower Flyer (see page 11A for list of items on the flyer). For more information, call 872-4357.
WHERE TO GO
*Rosemark Christian Academy
*Millington Child Development
*First Citizens Bank