In a great need for baby diapers to replenish resources for new moms, the Opelousas Pregnancy Center put out a call to action on social media prompting the community to host a diaper drive.
Macaroni KID Acadia-St. Landry answered the call by partnering up with the community to host a Diaper Drive and provided drop off boxes at Benny’s Supermarket in Opelousas and the Port Barre Police Department in an effort to collect baby items.
“I know how expensive diapers can get, especially for new moms who may already be struggling. I’ve hosted a diaper drive in our community once before and had great success so I reached out and our police department was happy to help partner up with us by serving as a drop off location for donated items.” said Courtney Jennings, publisher of Macaroni KID for Acadia-St. Landry and consulting writer at St. Landry Now.
“As a MacKID publisher, we serve our local communities as a resource for families in many areas providing information on local events, family-friendly activities and parenting. I feel that support should also carry on to help families in need.”
And so it was discussed in a recent meeting with the Ladies Auxiliary of Sacred Heart of Jesus Church how they might contribute to a local organization that supported young/new mothers. This was when Courtney mentioned the Opelousas Pregnancy Center and their need for supplies. The Auxiliary agreed to help and made a contribution towards the Diaper Drive.
“Thanks to their contribution and donations from the community, we (myself and my kids) were able to pick up needed baby items and delivered them to the center on Monday, February 12.
OPC’s administrative assistant Michelle Verret was very gracious with the items delivered to the center and told us they recently had a number of clients reach out to the center in need of assistance.
“We actually have quite a few new moms that have come to us and are taking the classes provided from the center which earns them ‘points’ towards the items they need and they’ve been so grateful.”
The center is in need of baby diapers in sizes Newborn, size 3, size 4 and size 5. Additional items the center is needing include the following:
- Newborn socks
- Washcloths, hooded baby towels
- Baby bottles
- Infant car seats
Opelousas Pregnancy Center provides maternal education services, ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, parent training, and much more, all free to women in need. The baby boutique allows new moms to ‘shop’ for needed items using points earned by taking the free classes provided.
How to Donate
Diaper Drop-Off Boxes:
Port Barre Police Department – Anytime
Benny’s Supermarket in Opelousas – Open 7 days a week 7am-8pm
If you would like to purchase needed supplies for the center and unable to drop off locally you can shop from their Amazon wishlist here to have items shipped directly to the center. You can also drop off donations to the center located at 421. N. Main Street in Opelousas Monday-Thursday between 9am-5pm and Fridays 9am-12pm.