Letcher County group shares ‘god’s love of a diaper bag’ amid daycare supply issues
WHITESBURG, Ky. (WYMT) – A missionary group in the Jenkins community hopes to help families in need as costs for food, fuel and family management continue to climb.
God’s Love From a Diaper Bag was founded over 20 years ago with a mission to help provide diapers, children’s supplies and more to families in need. Now, with a nationwide shortage of formula and the rising price of many needs, the group hopes its services will help alleviate some of the concerns of parents and caregivers.
“Diapers are very expensive. And the money that they could (save) from the diapers here – do diaper ministry and get the diapers – then they could help pay their rent or their electricity or do other things,” Principal Bessie McPeek said. . “A lot of people couldn’t work and they fell behind, so that helped tremendously.”
With diaper giveaways, like the one held Wednesday at the Letcher County Health Department, the group is working to reach out to the community and be part of that response.
McPeek said the connection to the community makes outreach even better, allowing them to be hands and feet in times of great need.
Department of Health officials agree, saying it’s always nice to partner with groups that want to give back.
“And it’s just a great awareness for families. You know, for anyone, and they don’t have to be needy or low income, it’s for anyone in the community or surrounding area,” said HANDS supervisor Jessica Couch.
Couch also said she’s seen parents’ concern as the formula shortage continues, and it’s good to know there are some things parents won’t have to worry about.
This shortage has also led to an increase in the number of people looking for alternatives to formula milk. However, Couch insists against some of the things she saw. One of them includes a homemade version.
“We strongly recommend that they talk to their pediatrician first before trying anything they see on the internet. Any type of post on Facebook could be something that could be harmful to their baby. It is important that the baby is getting the right amount of nutrition.
She said contacting your local health department and pediatrician are the best ways to find out how to get a different formula that compares to the brand you can’t find on the shelves.
But as parents and caregivers continue to search for options and answers, some say they’re happy to know there are places like the department and ‘God’s Love of a Diaper Bag’. who helps them along the way.
“They need more programs like this to help others out of this struggle,” William Blevins said.
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