In the month of August, Hope Pregnancy Care Center was open for 11 days. We had 34 visitors on the days we were open.
The Diaper Ministry gave out 150 newborn diapers, 150 size 1 diapers, 25 size 2 diapers, 25 size 3 diapers, 500 size 4 diapers, 575 size 5 diapers and 40 size 6 diapers. A total of 1465 diaper. In addition, we were able to give maternity clothing, baby, baby toys, formula, furnishings and baby wipes this month.
We also gave out a of crib, baby wash, baby shoes and baby shampoo this month.
I want to thank all of our volunteers that have helped keep the doors open at Hope Pregnancy Care. Without their showing up and greeting and talking with our visitors, Hope Pregnancy Care Center could not continue to function. I want also to thank all the churches, church groups and individuals who donate to HPCC.
Hope Pregnancy Care Center did receive notice (Sept 2) from the NC Diaper Bank that they have chosen to utilize the Stokes County Health Dept. as their distribution partner in Stokes County. They have not give a specific reason for not continuing with HPCC but thanked us for what we have done. HPCC has chosen to distribute the remaining diapers as requested by our visitors but will be referring all needing diapers to the Stoke County Health Dept. WIC Program as asked to by the NC Diaper Bank.
While all of us are disappointed with the NCDB decision it was their decision to make the Health Dept the distribution point for Stokes County. To continue through the end of the year simply puts off the inevitable for folks that have been coming to Hope.
The Diaper ministry at Hope has never been our main emphasis. It did grow in scope mainly because of the free diapers. Our main emphasis remains that we are committed to providing our clients with accurate and complete information about both prenatal development and abortion. The diaper ministry grew from our commitment to assist women to carry to term by providing emotional support and practical assistance. We can still do this through keeping a small supply of new born and size one diapers on hand along with the clothing and other items we continue to receive in donations.