While one Leesburg nonprofit has decided to close its doors, another local nonprofit plans to carry on its mission.

It Takes a Village, Baby, an organization that has served families in need for six years, has donated its baby equipment and supplies to INMED Opportunity Center in Sterling.

“It Takes a Village, Baby has been a long-time partner with the INMED Opportunity Center and INMED’s Healthy Families Loudoun program,” said Jennifer Lassiter Smith, Director of U.S. Programs for INMED Partnerships for Children in a prepared statement. “When ITAVB made the hard choice to close, it made sense for INMED USA to carry on the legacy and mission of ensuring babies in our region get a healthy start in life.”

The INMED Opportunity Center serves more than 100 mothers each week, who desperately need car seats, diapers and other essential supplies that the group received as a gift from It Takes a Village, Baby, she said.

INMED’s Opportunity Center has become a county-wide hub of resources, education and services for low-income families struggling to make ends meet.

“We’re serving more families than ever that have lost employment, have limited access to healthcare and are relying on the kindness of their neighbors to help them get back on track,” said Smith.

“While it’s sad to close our doors at It Takes a Village, Baby, we are thankful our remaining resources can continue to help the community,” said Lauren Smith, cofounder of ITAVB. “The generous donations from families in Loudoun and Fairfax counties have allowed us to help thousands of families in need, and now INMED can continue that mission.”

All baby equipment and supplies are free of charge to families in need. For information on how to access these and other resources at the INMED Opportunity Center, contact Rosa Tobar, INMED USA Community Outreach Coordinator, at rtobar@inmed.org.

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