“It’s an escape from reality”: One local organization helps out families in-need

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WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) — Diaper Depot is a service that helps single mothers, fathers, and grandparents who are left with the responsibility of a child. Leaders and volunteers at the Union Rescue Mission created this community room to help those in need.

“We wanted to have a place, not just in the reception area. Some place where we could sit down and almost, like, have a cup of coffee with them,” said Development Manager at Union Rescue Mission, Vici Myers. “We serve about 200 families per year.”

Diaper Depot was created in 2019. Since then, volunteers at the Union Rescue Mission say they’ve been able to help hundreds of single parents. When parents visit Diaper Depot they are not only able to walk out with the most necessary items for their children but also with peace of mind.

“It’s a good feeling to help them, you know? Because they will cry, they will make us cry. It’s a good feeling,” said volunteer, Laura Bellamy.

Diaper Depot provides parents with a month full of children’s supplies. When parents walk out of the community room, they leave with a bag full of baby diapers, wipes, formula and, if they are in need, children’s clothes.

“We probably will not know the impact that we’ve had, but to see the relief on people’s faces,” added Myers. “To feel that you have at least encouraged them, met a small need, and can maybe motivate them to keep going. It’s just very satisfying. Very rewarding.”

To find out how you can volunteer or donate to Union Rescue Mission click here.

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