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Cribs: Caribbean edition

Haitian children are in the greatest need of help, To Love a Child helps get them some of the basics. Photo Submitted.

Haitian children are in the greatest need of help, To Love a Child helps get them some of the basics. Photo Submitted.

— “When you see the people in Haiti and Zimbabwe, you really recognize how much they don’t have. It’s the basics … like being able to give birth to a child and living,” she said.

In April, Linda Moran, executive director and founder of Maple Leaf Childcare in Malta, discovered To Love a Child at an Infant/Toddler Expo in Saratoga. She saw that she could help, and donated 40 cribs to their Infant Development Program.

“Not only will our donation keep these items out of landfills, but it will help families who have no other means of giving their infants safe beds to sleep in,” said Moran. Because of new standards for cribs, the center needed to replace the 40 they had at the center.

In addition to the cribs, Moran’s childcare center donated 10new infant carriers, a welcome mode of transportation for the little ones in Rantlamouaie.

“The women have to walk two or three miles (for necessities),”said Moran. While she herself is not traveling to Haiti, she’s glad that her center is able to help Schmehl’s efforts.

Schmehl will be bringing Moran’s donations to Haiti in August when she goes there with a group from RPI. That group, Engineers for a Sustainable World, is led by Professor Michael Jensen from the in Mechanical, Aerospace and Nuclear Engineering Department.

They’ll be developing a patient care center for a clinic in Rantlamouaie from a 20-foot by 8-foot cargo container. According to Jensen, the group has been to Haiti twice before.

For the last two years, Maple Leaf Childcare has also given a$1,000 scholarship to an area high school student going into early childhood education.

The center also participates in the March of Dimes walk and provides babysitting nights at no cost for parents who need a night out.

“We do a lot of little things throughout the year,” said Moran.

For more information on To Love a Child or to donate to the cause, visit toloveachild.net.

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