Hope quickly shifted its usual focus from collecting food for the pantry to gathering diaper supplies for babies and adults. The yellow box kept inside the church for food donations is rolled outside each day, allowing members to drop off the packages whenever it is convenient for them to do so. The fellowship hall, filled in more “normal” times with people, now looks like a warehouse for diapers.
“My father was a United States Marine,” Robinson said. “When I was younger and would face a challenge, Dad would say to me, ‘Son, you have to improvise, adapt and overcome.’ Truly that is the call of the Christian Church in this day.”
The effort is promoted in the church newsletter and on social media.
“It’s a great partnership, and it works very well,” Hollaway said. “If it wasn’t for our churches, we would have had to shut our doors. Our clients are very grateful.”
Church members are urged not to make an extra trip to the store to collect the diapers, but to grab them only if they are already out making other grocery pickups. The distribution, which includes donations from the Austin Diaper Bank, began April 27 and is scheduled to continue at least through June. No one is turned away.
“Our first week was kind of testing the waters, finding out what kind of demand there would be,” Cripe said.
It was slow going on that first Monday, but then flyers were put out at an area elementary school, and business picked up.
Church volunteers working outside use walkie-talkies to radio to workers in the fellowship hall the size of diapers needed, and they are brought out and placed in the car. The church also distributes fans.
“It’s been enriching to see the Holy Spirit at work within these Christians who are so eager to serve God and serve others,” Robinson said. “Our natural orientation is to give, and when we’re pointed in the right direction, the Holy Spirit unleashes a transforming power that is amazing to behold.”
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