CANTON, CT (WFSB) – A Canton organization launched a formula drive Wednesday to help struggling families.
MamaBear Organics has set up a donation point at its address at 122 Main St. in Collinsville.
Holly Anderson noticed how the baby formula shortage had gotten worse when she looked for some for her sister.
“I went to every store in the Farmington Valley and couldn’t find anything,” Anderson said.
She noticed people willing to donate or trade. So she called her friend, Jessica Santucci, owner of MamaBear Organics.
“And I said, ‘hey, we need a central hub, to bring all of this formula together because we were finding it, we were just finding it in people’s homes because it’s not in the store. ‘”
That central hub is now MamaBear Organics.
So far, more than 80 families have applied for help, hoping to get a formula through this fundraiser.
To make a donation or exchange a formula, it must be unopened and not expired.
Donors include the cantonal police.
Township Police Chief Chris Arciero said, “It’s not just about solving crimes and writing tickets, it’s also about keeping the family safe.”
Another reason Anderson and Santucci wanted to go this route was to stop online scammers.
“I wanted it to be, basically, for sure. it’s an unopened formula, it’s not expired, it goes through us, we make sure it’s correct when it comes in the door and we distribute it. we do not charge money; we are not looking for money,” Santucci said.
It runs until Saturday, and the formula can be dropped off during store hours, 10 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Although the FDA has cleared Abbott to reopen, it’s estimated the baby formula supply won’t return to normal until mid-July.
For Santucci, it’s just too long.
She hopes the reader will help ease the burden for now.
“This community that we’ve built is just amazing, so I’m not surprised these moms are coming to drop it off. They’re just, we just have a great community and seeing them wanting to help each other is super heartwarming,” Santucci said. .
If you wish to make a donation, you have until 5 p.m. to do so.
If you can’t show up before other days, you can drop by when they’re open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Anyone needing a formula was invited to fill out a form from Google Docs here.
“We’ll contact you for pickup if the formula you need has been given,” MamaBear said.
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