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Parents grateful after West Memphis gives away free baby formula

Mayor Marco McClendon gave away free baby formula Tuesday at West Memphis City Hall.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The City of West Memphis wants to help mothers there impacted by the nationwide baby formula shortage.

So Mayor Marco McClendon held a free infant formula giveaway at the West Memphis City Hall on Tuesday.

"I’m having to stretch as much as I can and just stretch what I have. Even we go into the store with WIC you can’t get it because they don’t have it," said Alishia Thomas, mother of a 6-month-old. 

"Empty shelves - empty shelves. If your baby is on a certain kind and they don’t have it, you just can’t give your baby anything so you have to find it," said Laurna Harris, grandmother of a 6-month-old.

"Words can’t even describe it. I’m actually happy because with how high this formula is it’s crazy. I really needed this," said Thomas.

“The health and safety of our citizens have always been my number one priority; that includes new mothers,” McClendon said in a news release. “I can only imagine that the current formula shortage is upsetting for many families across the country, including right here in West Memphis. We are a blessed city to have businesses like Crazy Hot Deals that come together to help provide families in need with formula and some peace of mind.”

The city also handed out free PPE – including hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes.

Credit: WATN
Credit: WATN

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