Pregnancy center one of many helped by LDCCW
BEATRICE (SNR) – As the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) wraps up their seventh annual pro-life diaper drive, one pregnancy center is looking forward to watching the donations make a difference for their clients.
The LDCCW holds the diaper drive each October, asking all parishes throughout the Lincoln Diocese to collect diapers throughout the month. The donations collected are shared with the pregnancy centers approved by the Bishop’s Pastoral Plan for Pro-Life Activities, as well as the diocesan Catholic Social Services locations across the diocese, including St. Gianna Women’s Homes.
Kay Wessel, who organizes the drive as chair of the LDCCW service commission, said the LDCCW goal this year is to collect 90,000 diapers.
“That sounds like a huge number,” she said, but “a baby in their first year will use approximately 2,100 diapers and that is only six diapers per day, a very conservative number.” The 90,000 diapers requested then would only diaper 43 babies for one year.
The Pregnancy Resource Center of Beatrice is one organization that knows the numbers well. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening families and affirming the value of all human life. The Center provides confidential pregnancy tests, adoption referrals, parenting classes, and supplies to families, such as diapers, wipes, formula, and pre-natal vitamins. The Center also hosts a 24-hour hotline for clients. They provide approximately 1,400 diapers per month to clients in need, or 17,000 per year. They also provide 40 packages of wipes per month, 480 per year.
Cheryl King, director of Pregnancy Resource Center of Beatrice, shared a story about one of their clients, who she called Sue to protect her privacy.
“Sue came to our center in late January,” King said. “She had come to Beatrice to potentially stay with family as her husband was in prison. Sue came in on crutches, helping her 15-month-old child along. She shared the story of her diagnosis with muscular dystrophy. She desperately needed diapers for her child.
“Every month since, she comes in for diapers,” King continued. “As the future of her housing situation and her health are uncertain, she really counts on the diapers. She always has a smile and enjoys the opportunity to share a conversation when she comes in. On her last visit, she gave our director a big hug and said thank you. That’s why we do what we do.”
“Diaper donations are always a huge help,” said Brenda Davis. She added that five of the seven board of directors at the Pregnancy Resource Center are members of St. Joseph Parish in Beatrice, as are three of the volunteers.
“While we aren’t limited to Catholic members,” she said, “we couldn’t do what we do without the help we get from our Catholic Church.”
Wessel said the pregnancy centers and Catholic Social Services advise the diaper sizes in greatest demand are sizes 3, 4 and 5, but she stressed that all sizes are appreciated. Cash donations or checks made to the order of the Lincoln Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (LDCCW) will be accepted and should be mailed to: LDCCW Service Commission, c/o Kay Wessel, 3600 W Wittstruck Rd, Martell, NE 68404.
“The diaper drive is a great opportunity to support the women who chose life rather than abortion,” Wessel said.
Other recipients include Catholic Social Services in Auburn, Hastings, Imperial and Lincoln, Wellness Pregnancy Center in Hastings, Birthright of Lincoln, the Pregnancy Center in Lincoln, Diaper Heaven-Right to Life House in Lincoln, ABC Pregnancy Help Center in McCook, Women’s Resource Center in North Platte, Hope Pregnancy Center in Superior and York Pregnancy Center.