by Dr. Marc Boswell - Director, Louisiana Together for Hope
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.
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 give online at tfh-la.org. 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!
Thank you all, again, for the many ways in which you helped make our 17th year of Bags of Hope a success. We delivered not only book bags on the day of the event, but also $2,500 worth of additional supplies directly to Southside Elementary School. Teachers, families, and administrators all send their appreciation and thanks.
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Lastly, during Advent of this year, we're going to have our first Diaper Drive in hopes of establishing a source of diapers for local, low income parents. As most folks know, diapers can be very expensive, and they're also not covered by most social service programs. We plan to work along with our local Catholic Charities and Community Action offices to get diapers for our little ones in Lake Providence.