Money is a weighty worry of raising a baby. According to the Guttmacher Institute, 73% of women seeking abortion doubt they will be able to afford parenting.
The cost of daycare, clothes, doctor visits, diapers and wipes adds up to thousands of dollars most can’t imagine. Keeping a newborn supplied with diapers can cost up to $100 a month.
During the annual Basic Needs Drive in February, Southeast Christian Church will collect diapers and wipes to stock pro-life pregnancy centers in the community.
Donation bags will be distributed after worship services Feb. 1-2 at all campuses. Filled bags will be collected Feb. 8-9 and Feb. 15-16. Once they are collected, donations will be taken to LifeBridge, organized on pallets and delivered to pregnancy centers. Diapers in larger sizes are the biggest need.
Diaper and wipe donations give tangible help.
Leisa Ray, development director at BsideU For Life Pregnancy Center in downtown Louisville, said having diapers and wipes for overwhelmed young moms can mean the difference between life and death for their unborn baby.
“Many of our clients consider abortion because they say they can’t afford to parent—especially the ongoing expensive items like diapers and wipes,” Ray said. “We let the moms know we will give them a supply of diapers when their baby is born and will continue to support them as long as they are involved in life skills programs.”
That’s incentive to take parenting classes, go to counseling and attend Bible studies and life skills classes.
Sharon Strickland, a volunteer at Clarity Solutions in Elizabethtown and Radcliff, said a supply of diapers and wipes means everything.
“We don’t give diapers and wipes away,” she said. “Our moms and dads earn them as they take classes. Sometimes earning diapers means they can buy food or pay the electric bill. If you don’t have diapers, it takes a huge chunk out of the budget.”
LifeBridge coordinator Lisa Reynolds said moms cannot buy diapers or wipes with WIC or food stamp programs.
“These donations mean one less worry for moms,” Reynolds said. “Stocking our pro-life pregnancy centers allows staff and volunteers to build relationships as they give them away.”