Focus on Missions: DBC

Clean diapers are essential for the health and wellness of young children. Babies left in soiled diapers experience developmental delays, behavioral issues, and health concerns like persistent diaper rashes and UTIs. Inadequate diaper supply also impacts a family’s financial security. If families must take advantage of childcare to be able to work or go to school, they must provide an adequate daily diaper supply for child care providers. No diapers, no childcare. No childcare, no work. And no government assistance is available to low-income families for diapers and diapering supplies.

Diaper Bank of the Carolinas (DBC) is Greenville’s only dedicated diaper bank. DBC collects diapers and donations with which to purchase diapers, and partners with over a dozen area human and social service agencies and organizations to distribute those diapers to families living in or near poverty. DBC is an 11-year old, all-volunteer organization funded entirely by private donations, diaper drives and fundraisers. DBC was founded by a pediatric home-health nurse who realized during her home visits that there is an incredible unmet need for diaper assistance across Greenville County. Many low-wealth families, even with working parents, simply cannot afford the $100+ per month required to adequately diaper an infant or young child.

In 2017, DBC collected over 132,000 diapers to distribute to Greenville families in need.

For the month of April, First Baptist will be partnering with DBC to collect diapers for those in need. The most needed sizes are 4, 5 & 6. Donations of packages of wipes are also appreciated. Collection bins will be placed throughout the church for drop-off of your items.

— Lindsay Waldrop, Missions Committee