Infants in Need
One Year Anniversary

March 2020 marked the one-year anniversary for the start of the First Presbyterian Church Deacon’s Mission for Infants in Need.

The Infants in Need mission was created to provide a head start for Infants born at Citrus Memorial Hospital who are in need of items for their care when they are released from the hospital.  The Obstetric nurses at Citrus Memorial Hospital determine who needs this assistance based on the mother’s preparedness to meet the infant’s needs upon release from the hospital.

These care items we provide in a gift bag for the mother include receiving blankets; 3-5oz baby bottle set; wash/shampoo, washcloths, diapers, and wipes; Maxi sanitary pads for Mom; duffel; knitted hats; knitted blankets; and layette clothing – a sleeper, mittens, pants, body suit (onesie), and socks. Each “bag” is tailored for either a boy or a girl.

We believed there was a definite need for this program, but we had no idea of the magnitude this mission would have.  Our expectations of providing approximately 24 bags a year grew to actually giving a total of 40 bags in the first year. And we already have donated seven bags thus far this year in January and February alone.

We want to thank all of you who have donated to make those 40 bags give a better start to 40 precious new lives because of your concern, love, commitment, involvement, and generosity. You can continue to provide for this Mission with donations made payable to First Presbyterian Church with the  note “Infants in Need” in the memo line of your check.

The Panera’s Fundraising Event for this mission that was scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2020 has been cancelled. We will be rescheduling the this fundraiser soon.

If you know of businesses in Inverness that are willing to donate to this mission, please contact Sandy Olson at 352/423-4547 and provide her with the details.