Families in need hope for donations to the Crittenton Centers

By Celsy Martindale

March 30, 2014 Updated Mar 30, 2014 at 10:52 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- One local organization is asking the community for help, in hopes that they can Fill the Crib, showing that it just might take a village to raise a child.

Raising a toddler all by himself, Jefferey Evans wasn't sure what to do.
That's when he showed up at the Crittenton Centers looking for help.

"I'm just a single man trying to raise my son and you don't find that out here now-a-days," said Jeffery Evans, Crittenton Center client.

The Crittenton Centers is a non-profit organization that supports children and families in need for free.

That includes a 24 hour and 7 day a week crisis nursery for children and classes for parents as well.

"I passed a parenting class already, they have a Helping Hands class, and there's another class that I participate in. I'm just trying to do everything they've got here for me so I can succeed," said Evans.

But the Crittenton Centers can't help these families succeed without support from the community.

"These are the children that we are raising in our community so it's important that even if you don't have children that you can supports us in anyway that you can," Kelsey Gareau, Crisis Nursery Coordinator.

And for single parents, like Evans, that support goes a long way.

"Truth be told, I wouldn't know, I'd probably be lost right now without them."