Diaper giveaway helps families

HUBBARD – Miranda Hassey of Hubbard, who has a three-week old son, Hayden, said as a “first-time mom” getting free diapers has really helped financially.

She said a large box of 100 diapers at a local store can cost $30 so to be able to have extras for free helps her as she attends college full-time and also works. Hassey said a newborn can use as many as 10 to 12 per day.

Hassey was given a packet of 25 diapers Sunday during her visit to the Hubbard First Baptist Church’s monthly “Heaven Scent Diaper Depot.”

Vickie Evans of Hubbard, a member of the church who was helping to distribute diapers, said in 2016 a blessing of bikes and motorcycles was held and a special offering collecting more than $350 to start a new community outreach.

“The community already has food and clothing pantries to help people. We thought there is nothing to help with the cost of diapers which are very expensive,” Evans said.

Since last September, the church hands out packages of 25 diapers the second Sunday of each month to families in the city and township. One package is given per child sizes from newborn up to 5.

“If they have two or three young children who use diapers, we give them a pack of diapers for each child,” she said.

Evans said those receiving diapers fill out a form with demographic information so the church can receive grants to cover the diaper cost. She said the church has been able to work with a company online that provides diapers in bulk

“We signed up as a non-profit,” she said.

She said the packages of 25 diapers are sold to the church for between $8 and $10.

Pastor Luke Oskin of the church said he is aware of families spending $60 to $80 per month on diapers.

Hubbard residents Marissa and Neil Snyder have a 7-month old son, Xander, who already used six diapers by 2 p.m. Sunday afternoon.

“You can not believe how many diapers he uses. We can go through two to three diapers at changings sometimes. I will feed him and then in 20 minutes, he needs changed,” Marissa said.

Oskin and Evans said many grandparents who help raise their grandchildren stop for diapers.

On Mother’s Day, Second Baptist Church in Warren, hosted its annual “Bundles of Blessings,” with people receiving a free bundle of diapers and pack of baby wipes. This outreach, hosted by the missions department, was made possible by the donations from the congregation, as well as donors from the community. Leftover supplies were donated to local organizations that serve young mothers.