This weekend’s POOR BOX Contributions are directed towards ShareBaby, a local organization dedicated to providing diapers and other essential baby gear to Baltimore families in need.

One in three families in Baltimore suffers from diaper need. Families dealing with diaper need face financial burden, maternal depression and increased barriers to work and childcare. Their children suffer consequences ranging from diaper rash, urinary tract infections, and increased incidence of child abuse.

Federal and state assistance programs do not specifically cover diapers and other essential baby gear. People cannot use Food Stamps or WIC to purchase diapers. Money from the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families program (TANF) can be used, but that money also needs to cover rent, utilities, transportation and many other essential family costs. Diapers alone can account for up to 12% of gross income.

In 2017, ShareBaby distributed 240,698 diapers, and 52,193 other essential baby items. That year, 3,299 children in Baltimore were served.

The Loyola Early Learning Center is already a ShareBaby partner, and they receive baby supplies for the children who attend the school. St. Ignatius’ Respect For Life Committee is currently on the waiting list to receive supplies for the Angel Moms program through the Gabriel Network.

St. Ignatius is happy to announce its partnership with ShareBaby to assist in collecting diapers, wipes, and other essential baby items for these families in need. We will have a collection bin, located in the Gallery where parish members can leave donations of diapers, wipes, and other new or gently used baby items such as Pack and Plays, portable bassinets, formula, and clothing.

Donations to this week’s Poor Box will also be directed to ShareBaby.

For more information, visit the ShareBaby website by clicking here, or contact parishioner Mindy Merlo at mindymerlo@gmail.com.

To contribute, the Poor Boxes are located in the Chapel of Grace and in the Narthex of the church at the top of both side stairs. – Thank you for your kind generosity.