EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSPlans Moving Foward For Pediatric Addiction Recovery Center
from Eyewitness News Online
Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jul. 2, 2013 5:28 PM EDT
Updated: Jul. 3, 2013 10:05 AM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Recent statistics show that 74 out of every 1,000 babies born at one Huntington hospital were born addicted to drugs, but a pediatric addiction recovery center will open soon to help deal with the treatment of those babies.
From baby showers to volunteer pledges, the layers of support for Lily's Place are stacking up.
It's been less than a month since Lily's Place got into a building along Seventh Avenue in Huntington, but the outreach has already been overwhelming. Volunteers have spent countless hours cleaning the 17 rooms that will soon be nurseries.
"We've had community support beyond what we'd ever dreamed we'd have," said Mary Calhoun Brown, secretary and treasurer for Lily's Place board of directors.
Organizations and community members have donated money and supplies such as diapers, wipes, bath wash and clothes. There are big-ticket items such as sprinklers and security that also need addressed before they open in a few months.
Businesses like Studio 8 in Huntington have reached out to help.
Yoga instructor Brittany Stowasser said during the month of July, all the donations collected during community classes will go to Lily's Place.
"We're happy to partner and spread yoga and wellness in the community," Stowasser said.
All the donations add up.
Brown said the support is "really heartening because when you look at addiction as a community problem, obviously it's never a good thing, but when you see people that are trying to make a difference, it's the best."
It's all pieces of the puzzle in treating drug-addicted babies and trying to give them the best start possible in life.
"If you don't have someone who is addicted in your family, you know someone who's addicted. So this is a way where you can reach out and try to help the tiniest victims of drug abuse," Brown said.
You can donate money and find a list of other needs for Lily's Place here.
There also are upcoming community baby showers scheduled to bring in donations.
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