Diapers, baby care essentials, clothing, a blanket and first books are just a few of the many items included in the diaper bags that the Community Women’s Club of North East provides for young mothers who are clients of the North East Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Agency.
As of now, CWCNE has donated 376 diaper bags filled with 17 items, plus two books, early literacy resources and parenting materials through its Diaper Bag Project.
The last three deliveries of 25 bags each occurred on Oct. 10, Dec. 5 and March 5. North East WIC staff members distribute the diaper bags to local young mothers who are their clients and who have newborn infants.
Upon receiving the most recent group of diaper bags from CWCNE, North East WIC staff member Lisa Scully stated “Thank you so much for the diaper bags! Our clients love them and are so appreciative! Our case load of clients has increased, and there is still a great need for the diaper bags in this community.”
Here are some of the expressions of gratitude from the anonymous young mothers: “Thank you for the beautiful blanket and diaper bag. This is a great start with my baby; I so needed a diaper bag. Money is tight right now; Thank you for the amazing diaper bags! The twins and I appreciate it; Thank you SO much for the diaper bags! Both of my kids have benefitted from them and the supplies; The diaper bag is beautiful and is so greatly appreciated; Thank you so much for the bag! My son will enjoy it; Your bags are so great. My husband will carry a tote for me now” and “You ladies are wonderful for all the help that you give through that diaper bag!”
“Even though we are unable to personally meet the mothers and their babies who benefit from our service project, it is very rewarding to know that we are able to help them and to assist by providing items for infant health and wellness, as well as for promoting early literacy and positive parenting,” Sue Hammond, CWCNE Diaper Bag Project Chair, said. “All CWCNE members help in various ways with this ongoing project, and numerous community members are very supportive of it. We often receive donations of funds, blankets, clothing and items. We could not continue this project without the generosity of others.”
Some kind supporters quilt, knit or tie blankets, while others sew burp cloths. One compassionate supporter makes knitted cotton bibs and adorable baby sweaters.
In recent months, these are a few individuals and organizations who have generously supported the CWCNE Diaper Bag Project: Mary Hewitt, Darlene Orsheck, Colleen Surgener, Sue Funk, Krista Stauffer, Joan Schaff and the Loving Hands group; Rae Lindsey and McCord Memorial Library; Jim Wakeman; Good 360; Bauer Specialty; and Hooked on Books for Kids of Erie County.
Helping to assemble items into 50 diaper bags on Oct. 9 were CWCNE members Kim Becker, Pam Carapella, Sue Hammond, Michele Parrish and Debbie Sceiford. Representing CWCNE at the Oct. 10 delivery of 25 diaper bags to the North East WIC office were members Kim Becker, Shelley Chwatek, Sue Hammond and Michele Parrish. CWCNE members present during the Dec. 5 delivery of 25 diaper bags to the local WIC agency were Hannah Becker, Kim Becker, Shelley Chwatek, Sue Hammond, Michele Parrish and Sharon Wagner.
Assisting with the assembly of 25 diaper bags on March 4, were volunteers Mia Becker and Emma Daughenbaugh, as well as CWCNE members Hannah Becker, Kim Becker, Pam Carapella, Bonnie Daughenbaugh, Sue Hammond, Michele Parrish, Bonnie Rearick, Debbie Sceiford and Sharon Wagner.
Delivering the 25 assembled bags to the North East WIC agency on March 5, were CWCNE members Hannah Becker, Kim Becker, Shelley Chwatek, Sue Hammond, Michele Parrish and Sharon Wagner.
CWCNE is deeply appreciative of all those who support its Diaper Bag Project for local WIC mothers and infants. Financial donations (checks payable to CWCNE with Diaper Bag Project written on the memo line) may be mailed to CWCNE, P.O. Box 103, North East, PA 16428-0103. For more information on what items are needed for the bags and how to support the project, please contact Sue Hammond at firstname.lastname@example.org or 814-440-8255.