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City social workers start Project Manger

Fredericksburg social workers are collecting pack and play portable cribs as part of a new effort dubbed Project Manger.

The outreach is part of the Fredericksburg Department of Social Services’ Safe Sleep Campaign, which kicked off in October and educates parents about the risks of sleeping with their babies.

Shannon Hortung, supervisor of protective services for the city, said:

Each worker at our department is assessing the sleep environment of the infants whose families we work with, and then educating the caretaker on what are safe sleeping practices.  As part of our commitment to the community, the department is also striving to give pack and play portable cribs to those families who do not have a safe sleeping area for their infants.  In a short span of time, we have given away 10 portable cribs and are seeing our funds for these potentially lifesaving portable cribs quickly dwindling.

The social services department hopes to get the community’s help in providing these portable cribs this holiday season. A donation of $60 could provide a crib for a family who needs a safe place for a baby to sleep.

To help, get in touch with the department of social services at (540)372-1032 ext. 247. Or drop off donations at the department’s office at 608 Jackson Street.