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Bakersfield high school grads helping local teen parents

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Posted at 5:24 AM, Jul 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-16 10:11:43-04

Two Bakersfield High School graduates are helping local teenaged parents fill the gap in caring for their children. They are setting up donation drives around Bakersfield for gently used or new baby clothes, diapers and other baby item.

Destinae Hunt in a teenaged parent raising her daughter by herself. She said, "My family helps when they can. But they don't really, they can't really help that much, because they can hardly afford themselves."
Hunt also said it's difficult to work and care for her daughter.
"It's pretty hard because she's really attached to me. Like she doesn't like to go anywhere, like away from me. So it's hard for me to get a job and stuff. She doesn't like staying with people," said Hunt.
And that makes it challenging for Hunt to buy new clothes and baby items for her daughter.
That's where Nigeria Manning and Temia Williams come in. They're two Bakersfield High School grads who started teens helping teens. It's a nonprofit allowing teen parents to pickup gently used baby clothes, diapers and other baby items.
Manning said, "Me and Temia, we were just in our room. And we just was talking about how we wanted to give back to the community. And we thought helping out with parents, but we came up with specifically with teen parents because it's the highest teen rate of pregnancy."
Having the ability to pickup these baby items, helps parents like Hunt who said she needs the extra support.
"It'll help me out more. It's free and they help. They're donations. I mean there's food there's water," said Hunt.

If you would like to help Teens Helping Teens, you can learn how to donate on their Facebook page: