Young parents who find themselves in need of diapers, baby formula, toddler food, wipes and clothing for newborns to age 5, can find it, for free, at the Manger.
The Manger assists low-income families of Rogers and Mayes Counties with basic needs for children ages birth to 5 years.
The Manger is a United Way agency, hosted by First Presbyterian Church of Claremore since 1985.
“They are an emergency source of assistance for vulnerable children, and the need is only going to be higher in the weeks and months to come,” First Presbyterian Church Pastor Josh Kerr said.
The Manger Director Carleen Mitchell said the Manger will remain open throughout the pandemic, as long as supplies are available or can be purchased and re-stocked by volunteers.
“We feel it necessary to stay open to assist those families who are low income during this pandemic,” Mitchell said.
Clients may receive services from The Manger six times per year. For the first visit, no referral or proof of income is required. Typically, for the remaining five visits, the client must have a referral from an agency in Rogers County such as DHS, RCHD, Cherokee WIC, etc. However, during the pandemic, The Manger waived the referral requirement for all six visits.
During the pandemic, The Manger requests that anyone who needs resources calls ahead of their visit so resources can be bagged and left outside for pickup, to avoid the potential spread of disease between families and volunteers.
The Manger is located at 114 E 4th St., in Claremore.
Hours are Monday and Wednesday, noon to 3 p.m.
For more information, or to call ahead, call (918) 341-6587.