The sound of a baby crying from hunger is something no mother ever wants to hear which is why a local organization is trying to help mothers in-need feed their children.
Chantese Shaw is a single mother of 4 kids but after giving birth a few years ago to her 4th child, Patience, she said it was difficult to afford necessities like baby formula.
“It’s very stressful if you’re trying to get formula and you don’t have enough money to purchase it. I mean it cost 30 dollars I think about and that’s as much as a bill,” said Shaw.
That’s where organizations like Birthright of Quincy come in. They help mothers like Shaw fulfill the needs of their children.
“I was honored to be able to help her because I saw a struggling mom going to school, working full time, and taking such great care of her kids but she needed help,” said volunteer Patty Adam. “She needed financial help yes but she needed some just encouragement.”
Adam said not only does Birthright help purchase baby formula but they help purchase other expensive baby supplies as well such as diapers or wipes.
“From newborn all the way up to size 5 and 6. Disposable diapers is another incredible expense that a lot of women, especially the lower income families, they really struggle,” said Adam.
Shaw said without an organization like Birthright, she’s not sure she would have been able to afford everything that comes with having a child.
“There’s just a lot of expenses that come with a child and then medical expenses, car seats. We could go on and on and on. So that extra hundreds of dollars for formula, it saves a lot of money if you have places like Birthright that are able to help you,” said Shaw.
Adam said they are in need of donations especially this time of year.
Local doctors says when it comes to baby formula, mothers should always make sure they are using commercial formula (name brand or generic). A Quincy medical group pediatrician says if a child has allergies or isn’t taking to a certain kind of formula, its important to check in with a doctor before changing.
“There are lots and lots and lots of different formulas and some are for spitting up, some are for collic, some are for babies with sensitve stomachs,” said Dr. Dennis Go.
“Since they are expensive, we would like to know what’s going on with the baby so we can give the parents some kind of guidance on what kind of formula to use next.”
If you want to help out Birthright and other charities, they said you can donate formula or you can make a monetary donation too.
Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
Tri-State Pregnancy Centers
Birthright of Quincy
428 N 6th St, Quincy
Care Net Pregnancy Services of Quincy
802 State St
Pregnancy Resource Center
213 W Washington St
Woven2Gether Pregnancy Help Center
727 ILL Route 116
Spoon River Pregnancy Resource Center
121 N. Main St.
Women’s Pregnancy Center
1252 W Fremont St
Options for Women
1420 S. Bus. 61, Suite B
Ray of Hope Pregnancy Care Ministries
309 N. Missouri, Suite B
Birthright of Keokuk
22 North 5th Street
Tri-State Food Pantries
Quincy Catholic Charities
620 Maine Street
224 S 8th St
Ladies of Charity
510 S 4th St
2707 Maine St
Salvation Army Shelter
501 Broadway St
GPS Ministries Inc.
412 North 24th Street
Warsaw Township Office Food Pantry
Shepherd’s Pantry Carthage
709 Main St
Canton Council of Churches
512 College St.
Barry Food Pantry
603 Decatur St
Southeastern Food Pantry Living Faith United Methodist Church
106 E. 1st St.
WIRC-CAA Food Pantry
223 South Randolph
Douglass Community Services, Inc.
711 Grand Ave
Monroe City Food Pantry
101 South Washington
Louisiana Community Food Pantry
414 Georgia Street
Hope Center Of Pike County LLC
30 North Court
Lee County Drop-In Center
605 W 7th Street
Fort Madison Food Pantry
3421 Avenue L