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Georgia mom 'overwhelmed' by donations of baby formula from strangers

Hand holding scoop of powdered baby formula, ready to mix in bottles

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Trying to find baby formula lately has proven to be quite a task.

This Georgia mom, Quinn Shealey videotaped her 6-month-old twins Alani and Alana Wednesday afternoon, smiling and laughing, their bellies full. On her kitchen counter, are dozens of cans and bottles of baby formula, all gifts from an army of strangers.

"I have lots of formula now," Shealey says. "Lots of support and people reaching out (saying), 'Hey, I see it here!' I mean, literally, people from every state. My phone is ringing non-stop."

Quinn is a realtor outside Atlanta and also a mother of five! She was driving to dozens of stores every day, looking for the hypoallergenic baby formula, Nutramigen, that her girls need.

"Yesterday I visited 25 stores, called upwards of 50 stores," she told FOX 5 at the time. "No one has it."

Her twins were born prematurely at 33 weeks, and have severe food allergies and digestive issues. She says she breastfeeds but cannot produce enough milk to sustain them.

She was running out formula for four or five days at a time, trying to supplement what powder and liquid formula she could find with cereal, apple juice and water. In fact, in a home video she tries to feed one of the girls a bottle of water.

"And, at this point, I don't know what to do because I physically can't feed my children," she said at the time.

The response to her story was quick and overwhelming. "It restored my faith in humanity," Shealey says. "I mean, I've had people sending formula from Chicago, Nevada, Florida, lots of people from Florida, Alabama." Fortunately, Shealey says they now have all the formula they need.

Shealey hopes their story will remind companies of the many families and children caught in the middle of the formula crisis.

"This is urgent," she says. "Something has to be done now, and not later."

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