St. Paul UMC Fort Smith shows love to neighbors through ‘Diaper Dandies’

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On Saturday, June 27, St. Paul United Methodist Church Fort Smith held its second Diaper Dandies distribution event. For the past year, members of the Diaper Dandies ministry team, headed by Mary Huss and the Rev. Steve Poarch, have prayed, planned, organized and fundraised in preparation for these events, the first of which was held on March 14.

Members of the community with infants and toddlers are invited to Diaper Dandies to receive a two-week supply of disposable diapers, wipes and diaper rash ointment—no strings attached. The church requests only minimal information from those receiving supplies, and uses it solely to notify participants of future church-sponsored events.

The vision for this ministry arose from the number of families with children who came to the church seeking various forms of assistance. Church members and staff noticed that too often, the children in those families wore soiled diapers that should have long since been changed. Based on Scripture’s repeated call to care for children, the church founded Diaper Dandies to provide comfort to its community’s most vulnerable members and support to their parents and guardians.

To date, 60 babies from 38 families have received these gifts of love. A third distribution event already has been scheduled for September. Depending upon available funding, St. Paul UMC hopes to conduct even more and larger events in the future.

—Submitted by Rev. Steve Poarch