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Citrus County Sheriff's Office seeks crib donations in Safe Sleep Campaign
Citrus County Sheriff's Office seeks crib donations in Safe Sleep Campaign

Citrus County, Florida-- The Citrus County Sheriff’s Office is teaming up with the Department of Children and Families for a Safe Sleep campaign.

According to the DCF, 10 of 95 infant deaths this year happened in Citrus County, and are believed to be  the result of unsafe sleeping environments. As the DCF investigates these local deaths and others statewide, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office asks for the public's help in preventing further tragedy. 

CCSO has designated three drop off locations for the community to donate new pack and plays (portable cribs) that will be distributed to families in need through the Department of Children and Families. Officials said the cribs are safer for babies than others, despite some parents' best intentions when setting up their own cribs.

"Although many parents sometimes want to create that beautiful sleeping environment complete with soft bedding, fluffy pillows and plush stuffed animals, such environments may prove dangerous to an infant not yet at an age where they are able to move their head to ensure a clear airway," explained a press release on the campaign.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies sleep ALONE, on their BACKS and in a CRIB. other safe sleeping tips and facts to consider:

  • Cribs should be clear of items like blankets, pillows, stuffed toys, strings/cords, and bumper pads
  • Babies should sleep in their own cribs
  • The risk of infant death is 40 times higher for babies who sleep in adult beds.

The Safe Sleep Campaign encourages the public to donate new pack and plays to designated fire, emergency and law enforcement stations.

Designated drop-off locations in Citrus County:

  • Sheriff’s Office Operations Center – 1 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue, Inverness, FL
  • CCSO Emergency Operations Center – 3549 Saunders Way, Lecanto, FL
  • Homosassa Fire Station #5 8408 W. Homosassa Trail, Homosassa, FL

For more information, call the Department of Children and Families- 866-762-2237.