Illuminating SSPM Diaper Mission
It’s not just their bright smiles and their effervescent enthusiasm. It’s the fact that they radiate goodwill. This summer special groups of donors and volunteers have made SSPM’s diaper distribution possible. July’s edition of “Inside the Pantry” focuses on diapers. Yes, diapers!
In January of 2019, SSPM began a partnership with the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks. This partnership allotted 5000 diapers for SSPM’s distribution. SSPM’s plan to make the first Tuesday of each month “diaper day” was a huge success. So successful, that it was evident that our supply would be depleted quickly. So Ashley Rogers, our Diaper chairperson, proactively worked with Aaron Dick, a SSPM board member, to seek a diaper source. This resulted in a gift of two pallets of diapers and one of wipes from First Quality Consumer Products.
So how do you handle the gift of three full pallets delivered unannounced to the inside entrance area of Christ the King? First, and repeatedly, you tell Christ the King secretary, Vicky, how much you appreciate her accepting the delivery! Then you look for help to move the three pallet gift. Answering that HELP call was a group of four consisting of two moms and their two strong teens who are members of the Young Men's Service League. They enthusiastically took on the huge task of unloading and hauling all the cases of diapers and wipes up two flights of stairs to SSPM’s storage room at Christ the King.
The next step was to prepare the diapers for distribution. Under the leadership of Ashley, a few JustServe moms and kids repackaged, bundled, and labeled the diapers into bundles of fifty. Then on July 2, parents in need came to Second Street Pantry to pick up diapers for their infants and toddlers.
So that’s the behind the scenes account of July’s diaper distribution. Illuminating, right?!
Sweet, Sweet Spirits
May flowers can be likened to whispers of Christ. They are abundant; all you have to do is look for them.
Inside the pantry, one can feel and witness the whispers of Christ. Examples are abundant...if you look for them. Whispers are exemplified in smiles, words of greeting, and conversations between and among guests and volunteers. Beginning with early morning greeters and throughout the day, volunteers welcome pantry guests and also gift them with sacks of groceries provided by all who support the pantry. Whispers of Christ flower throughout the mission of Second Street Pantry.
Today’s insider story focuses on a special teenage volunteer who regularly volunteers in the pantry by helping to hand out sacks of groceries. Jayci is a special whisperer of Christ to pantry guests who are without homes. She ministers to our homeless guests in a very special way. She makes each one a personalized sack containing foods and care goods that she’s aware they need or would like to have. Jayci, by her actions, is whispering Christ to our homeless guests. Whispering that they are loved...Whispering that they are special.