Have you been evacuated and need diapers for your child? Do you have donations for families with young children?
The Shuswap Children’s Association (SCA) in Salmon Arm is focusing on everything infant and toddler, helping anyone with smaller kids who has been evacuated.
The association can also accept donations of diapers, clothing, books, toys and non-perishable food for babies and toddlers. Clothing, toys and books can be gently used as well as new.
“Right now we have a lot of smaller-sized diapers,” said SCA spokesperson Melissa Evans. “We’re finding evacuees coming in mostly have toddlers so we’ve been running low on larger-sized diapers and pull-ups. And toddler sippy cups and diaper wipes.”
To make the process simple for evacuees and straightforward for community members wanting to help, the Shuswap Children’s Association has registered as a Columbia Shuswap Regional District (CSRD) Emergency Social Services Donation and Distribution Centre for infant and toddler items.
Evans said they’ve seen evacuees from Lee Creek, Scotch Creek and several other areas. One family which has been living in a tent came in.
“We were able to give them some board games and puzzles for their kids to do,” she says.
The Shuswap Children’s Association is located at 240 Shuswap St. N, just down the street from the large, brightly coloured Innovation Centre in Salmon Arm.
It’s open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Photo: Shannon Seed provides a diaper donation to Melissa Evans of the Shuswap Children’s Association in Salmon Arm for its donation and distribution hub that focuses on evacuees with infants and toddlers. (Viktoria Haack/CSRD photo)