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Woman Gathering Food, Supplies for Babies

Woman Gathering Food, Supplies for Babies

Posted - Dec. 28, 2004 at 4:09 p.m.



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Amanda Butterfield Reporting Thousands of Utah babies who would have gone hungry will soon have plenty of food and necessities, and a Salt Lake woman, with the help of many others, is making it all possible. One person really can make a difference.

For a mother with a 26-year old son, Sasha Richardson sure does have a lot of baby stuff. Collected throughout the year, Sasha heads the largest baby drive for the Food Bank every year. By word of mouth, folks donate all kinds of baby items. She's been “Takin’ Care of Babies” for nine years.

Sasha Richardson: “If we don’t take care of babies now, they won’t develop how they’re supposed to develop.”

And what she collects at home is only a small part of it. The rest she buys from Reams on 27th and State Street, at cost, saving her about 25 percent.

Ken Lund, Store Manager, Reams: “Give her order guide, let her pick items she wants, gives back. We order in and set it aside.”

And over the years that's added up to about 75,000 diapers and 50,000 meals.

Sasha Richardson: "What I think about is a mother who has to cut it half amount of powder she puts in a babies bottle so she has to make it last."

And though it's a lot of work, Sasha hopes she can make this donation drive last. Sasha is hoping more businesses like Reams will help in the drive so the Food bank can expect baby deliveries year round. And they say diapers are one of the bigger items needed, because a lot of times you can't get them with food stamps.

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