Area citizens urged to donate toward project for parenting program
Eckerd is seeking support for its plan to create a Room of Hope.
A nonprofit youth and family services organization, Eckerd works through the free Eckerd Adolescent Parenting Program in Vance County to help adolescent parents continue their education and prevent future pregnancies while they improve parenting skills and acquire skills for employment.
To further this endeavor, Eckerd is encouraging area individuals, businesses and organizations to support (in the form of donations) its Room of Hope. A crucial part of the adolescent parenting program, the “Room” consists of a resource library, containing educational toys, games and books parents can use to bond with the children and improve their development.
Clothing, baby formula, diapers, bottles, etc., will be kept in stock. As teens progress through the program, they can earn incentive tokens (“baby bucks”) to “shop” for these items as needed.
Contributions of new and gently-used items, for both infants and children, as well as gift cards and cash donations, will be necessary to keep the room stocked. For more information about the program, contact Donnamarie Newkirk, Eckerd Adolescent Parenting coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 725-5245.