Altus Times | Oklahoma CareerTech students help babies in crisis – Oklahoma News

Altus Times | Oklahoma CareerTech students help babies in crisis – Oklahoma News

“Mother knows best” is an adage that made its way into pop culture at least as early as the 1920s, with an Edna Ferber novel that was later turned into a popular film. Most have heard the saying, and although it’s true that mothers frequently do know best, sometimes they need a little help.

Infant Crisis Services is an Oklahoma City-based organization that provides life-sustaining formula, food and diapers to an average of 1,500 babies and toddlers every month. The organization helps mothers and families provide for their children in times of crisis, and is supported entirely by private funding and volunteerism.

A group of Oklahoma CareerTech students is helping the organization accomplish its mission. Kim Walters teaches marketing education at Edmond Memorial High School and is the adviser for the school’s DECA chapter. DECA is the CareerTech student organization associated with marketing education and entrepreneurship.

Each year, Edmond Memorial’s DECA students collect baby food, formula, diapers and other baby items for Infant Crisis Services as part of a team-based community service project. The project has benefits that go beyond just taking care of the babies, according to DECA member Mackenzie Golden.

The group took a normal project and “amped it up a bit,” Golden said. First, students researched the organization, learning about the nonprofit and its needs. In years past, those needs have varied, sometimes focusing on formula or other baby items. This year, the greatest need was diapers.

After doing their research, the DECA members created themed baskets of baby items.

“We’re not just bringing…

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