Early Head Start Seeking Donations After Flood

The room housing donated goods was the most affected by water damage.

The room that stored the facility's donations suffered the most water damage.

The room that stored the facility's donations suffered the most water damage.

Texas Tech University’s Early Head Start is seeking donations after its facility recently suffered water damage due to a burst pipe.

The federally funded program is a partnership between Texas Tech and the Lubbock Housing Authority, and is designed to serve families with children between six weeks and three years old who qualify based on income.

The room directly affected by the flood was the Baby Bucks Closet, a room of donated items that is open twice a year to families using the program. The families earn points throughout the year to purchase items from the closet by participating in various activities, such as reading a book to their child at home.

The Baby Bucks Closet is next to where the flood started, so many of the donated items had to be discarded.

“People donate diapers, clothes, toys, strollers; anything donated, we love,” said Denise Stovall, Early Head Start director. “We also take monetary donations. We take any item at any time.”

Overall, the facility incurred more than $100,000 in damages, Stovall said.

Donations may be taken directly to the facility at 515 N. Zenith Ave. in Lubbock. For more information, call the center at (806) 765-2737 or visit its website.


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