The Manger Project

Away in a Manger, No crib for a bed

 

We are a Pro-Life Community. We know that many babies in Tulsa do not have a safe and separate place to sleep, and are therefore at risk of sleep suffocation before their first birthdays. The Women’s Ministry is leading a parish-wide effort to support babies and their caregivers by collecting:

  • New or gently-used Pack ‘N Play cribs (approx. $45 if new)
  • Cash donations to purchase these cribs in bulk

 

We will be collecting these offerings after all masses on these weekends:

  • July 6/7,
  • July 13/14, and
  • July 20/21

 

Every year in Tulsa County, babies die before their first birthdays due to unsafe sleep arrangements. Many infant deaths are due to suffocation while sleeping with a parent, other siblings, or accidents while napping on couches or other furniture.

Loose blankets and soft pillows within the sleeping environment also add to the danger. At least 62 babies died in 2013-2017 in Tulsa County due to unsafe sleep environments.

Many parents and caregivers lack the resources to provide a separate, safe baby bed for the infants in their care. Last year, Tulsa’s Emergency Infant Services provided 1,272 Pack ‘n Play sleeping cribs to area families in an effort to improve each infant’s chances to survive to their first birthday. They are projecting a higher number of cribs needed this year.

We can make a difference in these startling statistics by supporting Emergency Infant Services in their efforts to keep babies safe.

For information please contact Peggy Wollmershauser at pegwollme@aol.com

3 thoughts on “The Manger Project

  • June 26, 2019 at 9:37 am
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    I would like to make a donation to this project. Where can I send a donation? And want to make sure the donation goes to this project

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    • June 27, 2019 at 9:53 am
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      Hi! This is Peggy Wollmershauser. The Church of Saint Mary will be collecting the new or used pack n plays or cash donations through July 21st after each Mass each weekend. If that is not convenient, you could mail a check addressed to Church of Saint Mary, and write in the notation line “ Manger Project “ to ensure that your donation goes to this effort. Thank you so much for your generosity!! Peggy

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  • June 27, 2019 at 9:21 am
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    I’m checking with the organizers, Sarah. That’s a very generous offer.

    I think the challenge will be gathering the group that needs to be educated. The Church of Saint Mary has had a bit of one-on-one contact with 61st & Peoria residents via the Outreach Ministry. I’m not aware of any gathered activities. Changing that is a big part of the upcoming Year of Service.

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