International students bring infant formula from Europe to help families affected by shortage
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WSMV) – With the latest pause in production of EleCare formula at Abbott Laboratories in Michigan, the national infant formula shortage will continue to have an impact.
To combat these difficult times, international students participating in the U.S. Department of State’s BridgeUSA program are helping families overcome the obstacle.
“I feel like as one-day mums-to-be, it’s our responsibility to help those mums who are now in need,” said Blanka Adamova, a student from the Czech Republic.
This week the students were in Nashville to train with Southwestern Advantage.
Before heading to their foster families for the summer, they decided to visit the Pregnancy Care Center at Old Hickory and donate 30 boxes of formula.
“We get daily calls from our customers looking for a formula or just from the community,” said Rachel Ropiecki, director of customer services at the Pregnancy Care Center. “We are very active in our community and people know they can come here as a resource. It will be a real treat to tell them yes, we have the formula, come in.
Traveling from Bulgaria, a student packed an extra suitcase and brought the donation safely to the United States
“It’s an international flight from Europe to here, I expected a supplement. I was looking for my card in my pocket and the guy was like you were ready to go,” said Vasil Chakardakov, a student from Bulgaria.
The students said they were happy to make a difference and hope the decision will inspire others to do the same.
“It wasn’t really easy to bring him from Europe, but God wanted us to be here,” Adamova said.
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