October '19 Update
Greetings from Lake Providence!
Through Together for Hope, we're building a diaper bank for low-income families in East Carroll Parish. A diaper bank is simply a place for parents to get diapers as needed. There is currently no such resource in the Delta, and local health authorities say that parents are forced to consider rationing out diapers way beyond what's healthy for their infants and toddlers.
There are a few local organizations that are able to distribute the diapers, and they already have a vetting process in place to determine levels of need. However, they have a very limited supply, and sometimes their budgets don't allow them to keep any diapers around.
TFH and CBF-LA congregations can help bridge that gap. We can store the diapers in our garage and/or the Presbyterian Church where we'll soon be moving our office.
The local Capital One branch has given us a grant of $1,000 to get started, and a few other local organizations are hoping to help by hosting their own diaper drives.
During Advent, we're encouraging churches, congregations, and individuals to consider ways that you might help us start building our supply. We currently have no sizes, so all sizes are needed. You can order diapers online and have them shipped directly to Lake Providence, or you can mail a check or ask about ways to give online. Youth groups, Sunday School classes, or congregations might also consider hosting a drive during the four Sundays of Advent.
TFH-LA is fortunate to work with children and youth in grades K-12, as they start their college and career journeys, and now we can also work with them from the cradle and through the formative stages of their early lives. Thank you all for your support and consideration!