Organization holds baby formula drive in Collinsville

Collinsville organization holds baby formula drive
Published: May. 18, 2022 at 10:24 AM EDT|Updated: May. 18, 2022 at 6:53 PM EDT
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CANTON, CT (WFSB) - An organization in Canton launched a baby formula drive on Wednesday to help struggling families.

MamaBear Organics set up a donation spot at its address of 122 Main St. in Collinsville.

Holly Anderson noticed how bad the baby formula shortage got when she looked for some for her sister.

“I went in all the stores throughout the Farmington Valley, and I found nothing,” said Anderson.

She noticed people willing to give or swap. So, she called her friend, Jessica Santucci, who owns MamaBear Organics.

“And I said, ‘hey, we need a central hub, to kind bring all this formula together ‘cause we were finding it, we were just finding it in the homes of people because it’s not in the store.’”

That central hub is now MamaBear Organics.

So far, more than 80 families have reached out for help, hoping to get some formula from this donation drive.

To donate or swap formula, it needs to be unopened and unexpired.

Donors include the Canton Police Department.

Canton Police Chief Chris Arciero said, “it’s not all about solving crime and writing tickets, it’s also about ensuring family safety.”

Another reason Anderson and Santucci wanted to go this route was to stop online scammers.

“I wanted this to be, basically it’s safe. it’s unopened formula, it’s unexpired, it’s going through us, we are making sure it’s okay when it enters the door, and we are handing it out. we are not charging money; we are not looking for money,” said Santucci.

It’s running until Saturday and formula can be dropped off during store hours, 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.

While the FDA has cleared Abbott to reopen, it’s estimated baby formula supply won’t get back to normal until around mid-July.

For Santucci, that’s just too long.

She hopes the drive will help ease the burden for now.

“This community that we’ve built is just nothing short of amazing so I’m not surprised these moms are coming in to drop it off. They’re just, we just have a great community and to see them want to help one another is super heartwarming,” said Santucci.

If you want to donate, you have until 5 p.m. to make it.

If you can’t make it until the other days, you can stop by when they’re open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Anyone in need of formula, was asked to fill out a form from Google Docs here.

“We will contact you for pick up if the formula you need has been donated,” MamaBear said.

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