EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDonations, Volunteers Help Pediatric Addiction Recovery Center Move Closer To Opening
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Reported by: Darrah Wilcox
Web Producer: Darrah Wilcox
Reported: Sep. 26, 2013 6:03 PM EDT
Updated: Sep. 26, 2013 11:05 PM EDT
Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia
Sixteen serene nurseries at Lily's Place are prepped and almost ready to welcome newborn babies born addicted to drugs.
"We've had different members of the community adopt nurseries and every one of the nurseries is absolutely beautiful," Lily's Place Secretary-Treasurer Mary Calhoun Brown said.
Community groups have been busy painting and decorating over the past couple months.
"The best part is just the way the community has come together," Brown said. "I can't stress that enough. People have done everything from donating their time, to money to nurseries. It's really incredible and really heartwarming to see the folks in the Tri-State to come out together to do this."
Community baby showers have collected diapers, wipes, pacifiers, baby wash, baby lotion, baby powder, and much more. Marshall University's Office of Community Engagement hosted a shower on campus for Lily's Place all day Thursday.
"It's just amazing what the community has done for Lily's Place," Elizabeth Apell Sheets, of Marshall University, said. "I think it's just a neat facility and we're all happy to help them out, and we want Lily's Place to know that Marshall University also supports them."
This Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will be the last chance for the public to check it out before they close it down to the public.
"Once our babies are here, they are patients, and nobody gets back here," Brown said. "We have to take very good care of them."
Starting October 1st, they'll work on strategic partnerships with area hospitals, training staff and volunteers, fixing the sprinkler system, among a few other to-do items. Brown said they will hopefully start admitting babies after November 1st. "We want to get our babies in here and we want to start doing what we do best, which is taking care of babies who are born drug-exposed," she said.
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