Protecting Future Generations
Having a newborn is a whirlwind of emotions: excitement, love, and unfortunately, stress. New parents all of over the world feel the same way every day. The Isabella County Child Advocacy Center (ICCAC) is here to help families that need a little extra support. ICCAC partnered with Cribs for Kids to provide families with a “Safe Sleep Survival Kit.” This kit includes a Graco Pack and Play (with top bassinet), a Halo SleepSack, a Pack n' Play crib sheet, a pacifier, educational material with a safe sleep message and baby's first book. Not only does this kit help families in need, it ultimately saves lives.
The Women's Initiative Fund provided funds to ICCAC to ensure families in need have access to these lifesaving kits. For 33 years, ICCAC has worked to provide safe environments for families with children. The survival kit program is an extension of that goal. Many local human service agencies and local hospitals teamed up with ICCAC to select 10 Mt. Pleasant families to receive the Safe Sleep Survival Kits.
This practice of providing sleep kits is new to our community. The goal of the program is to reduce the number of infant deaths that occur due to unsafe sleep practices. With the success of this program, there is hope to continue to protect those that cannot protect themselves.