A new venture between the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) and the Family Resource Center will help to ensure that the clothing needs for children are met.



The operations have launched a Baby4Baby program which is meant to redistribute “gently used” baby clothes to new mothers on limited incomes.

A new venture between the Community Health Center of Southeast Kansas (CHC/SEK) and the Family Resource Center will help to ensure that the clothing needs for children are met.

The operations have launched a Baby4Baby program which is meant to redistribute “gently used” baby clothes to new mothers on limited incomes.

“Baby clothes are expensive and infants quickly grow out of them,” said Krista Postai, CEO of CHC/SEK. “Many of the new mothers we serve – especially during this tough economy -- can barely afford food and housing, let alone buy new baby clothes every three months.”

Postai said that starting the program made sense because some families struggle with what to do with baby clothes that have been outgrown. She said that even she has clothes that were worn by her youngest child — now 20 years old — that she doesn’t know what to do with.

From there, the idea sprouted to get donations of used clothing from preemie size through 4T. The donated clothes will be cleaned, pressed and packaged by volunteers. Postai said that funds from the Community Foundation have already been used to purchase a heavy-duty washer and dryer as well as detergent and collection and sorting bins. The Family Resource Center will provide workspace as well as utilities and staff support.

“Our goal is to provide a week’s worth of clothing to each new mother, “said Postai.

The clothes will be gift-wrapped and a card will be enclosed that will state “Our baby to yours” and explain the program and how it was made possible. Postai said that, as the baby grows, new clothing, in a larger size if available, will be given during the new child’s “well child” visit to the CHC/SEK.

In addition to providing clothing for new babies, Postai said that toddler sized clothes will also be distributed through the Family Resource Center on an “as needed” basis.

“It’s not unusual for staff to observe that a child has outgrown a pair of pants or shoes and this would be a good opportunity to help remedy the situation,” said Postai.

Now, the program is seeking donations of clothes that can be left at CHC/SEK’s locations at 3011 N. Michigan and 924 N. Broadway in Pittsburg or 120 W. Pine in Columbus. Clothes can also be donated at the Family Resource Center at 1600 N. Walnut in Pittsburg. All donations can be made Monday through Friday or they can be picked up by calling 620-231-9873 and making arrangements.

“Every new baby is a gift and we want to recognize that with a gift from the other babies who have come before …” Postai said.