Good Samaritan Church of God is Giving Away 10,000 Free Diaper Bags Saturday, Sept. 14
What would you do if you received a donation of 10,000 diaper bags? That was the question Mother De'Lonnia Robinson of Good Samaritan Church of God in Christ had to ask herself when she was blessed with the news.
Robinson reached out to Julia Means, a colleague, about what to do with the diaper bags. Means wasn’t exactly sure, so she connected Robinson with Lynette Smith, a prenatal case manager at Outreach Community Health Centers Outpatient Clinic. Smith was excited about the bags and immediately hopped on board.
While planning with Smith, Robinson realized, “this is going to be much bigger than me and you thought.” But, with their two heads together, an idea was bound to happen.
Smith eventually came up with the idea for a resource center.
Healthy Baby will be held Saturday on Sept. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Good Samaritan Church of God in Christ, 5226 W. Burleigh St. The event is meant to help lessen the burden on parents with young babies, since the mortality rate for Black babies is substantially higher than any other race. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Wisconsin has the highest state mortality rate for infants of non-Hispanic black women, which is 1.7 times as high as the lowest rate of 8.27 in Massachusetts. Quite frankly, our babies are dying.
Providing parents with the care and necessities they need for themselves and their baby, is the focus of this event to ultimately increase the chances of our babies living long healthy lives.
“I hope that we meet the need,” said Robinson.
After Robinson and Smith started working together, others eventually hopped on board too. Robinson also reached out to retired Milwaukee Police Sergent, Pamela Holmes of the 7th district, who organized a peace day event. Holmes then got Officer Lawson Murrell of the same district to join the team. According to Robinson, Murrell did most of the leg work by getting the word out through social media, email and face-to-face. Lesley Love, a job developer for Wisconsin Community Service, also helped promote the event and will be volunteering the day of.
Thanks to the private donor, expecting mothers and parents with children who are up to 18 months can get two diaper bags. Fathers are also welcomed to come down to get the free diaper bags and other resources. You do not need to bring anything, but will have to register on site.
“Despite your situation you have hope,” Robinson said to parents who feel no cares or wants to help them. “There’s someone out here who loves you.”
The diaper bags came prepackaged from the donor with baby formula, baby cereal, Similac milk, assorted baby foods, including organic and vegan options, among other items. There will also be snacks for the adults because of the potential wait, which was also donated by the private donor.
Free toiletries, Vaseline and baby ointment will also be available for parents to take home.
Robinson wanted to have nurses at the resource center, but Ascension will be also hosting a free community health fair, Ascension's Medical Mission at Home, the same day at North Division High School starting at 8 a.m, which is where a lot of nurses and other health care workers will be. She encourages the community to enjoy in both events.
“We really are good samaritans,” Robinson said about her church. “We have a genuine love for people and for people in the community.”
To parents who aren’t comfortable coming to the event or can’t make it, but still want diaper bags, call Good Samaritan Church of God in Christ at 414-444-6955 ext 12. Healthy Baby is hosted through Good Samaritan Church of God in Christ’s Women’s Department.