• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

A 'legacy' of assisting expectant moms, babies

Two expectant moms received Little Man's Legacy Totes filled with baby clothes and other items for their babies at the Woodford County Health Department on Monday morning. Fatima Tellez Casas and Maribel Torres both appreciated the many gifts that their babies received - much more than they ever imagined - thanks to one family's generosity. Pat Roberts and her family have been honoring the life of her ninth grandchild, Richard W. Craig III, by filling blue and pink plastic totes with essential items for newborn sons and daughters in the years since their "Little Man" died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) on Nov. 11, 2006. Richard "Little Man" Craig would have celebrated his 10th birthday on Sunday, Aug. 28 - "always a hard day" for his family, which has now given 112 Little Man's Legacy Totes to expectant moms. Six of those 30-gallon plastic totes were given to expectant moms in the Woodford County Health Department's HANDS program earlier this year. "Pat (Roberts) and her family are so generous and kind to do this for our babies. We're just so grateful to them," said Amanda Lancaster, a family support worker for the Health Access Nurturing Development Services (HANDS) program. Thirteen-year-old Melody Gilpin again crocheted baby blankets and bonnets, which were also given to expectant moms receiving the Little Man's Legacy Totes. Roberts said she and her family hope to continue giving Little Man's Legacy Totes to expectant moms "for many, many years to come." One day, Roberts said she would like to host "a giant party," and invite all of the moms and babies who have received totes from her family in the years since her grandson's death. She'd also love to expand Little Man's Legacy Totes beyond Woodford and Anderson counties, but "I haven't won the lottery yet so I guess that's out." For now, Roberts will continue shopping for baby clothes and other items with her mom and daughter, and rely on the generosity of others in the community to support her grandson's legacy of offering a helping hand to expectant moms. "It helps them get a better start for their babies," said Lancaster.

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