When Diane Mayfield was approached with the idea of a Lutherans for Life Diaper Drive, she knew that the Timothy Lutheran Church congregation in Blue Springs would be eager to help.
“We presented the idea to our congregation as an opportunity to reach out and help the community,” she said. “And they responded generously.”
The diaper drive was a part of the Missouri Lutherans for Life’s annual Diaper Shower project. From Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, Timothy Lutheran collected 1,921 disposable diapers, which were then donated to Rachel House in Blue Springs.
“We are very pleased with the outcome, and hope to make this an annual event,” said Carol Ready, a representative of Timothy Lutheran’s Outreach Commission. “We have a very caring group of individuals and this was a project that people could connect with our community, especially the younger members who have children themselves.”
Rachel House, which has locations in Blue Springs, Lee’s Summit and the Kansas City Northland, works to help young women who are seeking assistance dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. The Christ-centered, nonprofit organization provides free pregnancy testing, abstinence education, adoption counseling, post-abortion support and adoption education as well as individual mentoring, on-site medical care and labor and delivery classes. Assistance is also given for maternity and children’s clothing, formula and baby wipes and diapers.
Elaine Tennant, director of the Rachel House in Blue Springs, said the diaper donation could not have come at a better time.
“Two years ago, we had a shipment of diapers donated, almost 1,500 packs, and we just ran out of those,” she said. “We were just thrilled with this donation. We are always in need of diapers. It is one of our biggest needs.”
Ready and Mayfield delivered the diapers Saturday during Rachel House’s annual Ride for Life fundraiser, which brought almost 50 motorcyclists to the Blue Springs location. The 80-mile ride started at the Northland Rachel House, making a stop in Lee’s Summit before ending in Blue Springs. It included tours of the Rachel House facilities as well as an ice cream social in Blue Springs.
“It was so great to see all of those motorcycles,” Ready said. “It was a wonderful event.”
Tennant said to see the outpouring of support from a local church is “fantastic.” She said she hopes to continue to work with Timothy Lutheran in the future.
“I was a little surprised by the donation because we generally don’t get that many at one time,” she said. “It certainly is a benefit to our girls and their babies. They just had such incredible timing.”
For more information about Rachel House, visit the Web site at www.rachelhousefriends.org.