These are all things that every baby needs. Just like there are shelters and food pantries for people who fall on hard times there needs to be a resource for people who struggle to afford diapers for their baby.

ArkLaTex Blessing Center, Inc. (ALTBC) is an IRS tax-exempt 501 (c) (3) in Texarkana, Texas established to give diapers to babies and toddlers in need, offer support to women and girls who are victims of prostitution, and supply items not covered by public assistance to people living in poverty in the Ark-La-Tex.


Your help is required and necessary to help us meet this need in our community.

You can mail your donation to:

ArkLaTex Blessing Center, Inc.

PO Box 6867

Texarkana, TX 75505

You can learn more about what you can do by joining us. Click here to learn more about our programs.

Mission: ArkLaTex Blessing Center, Inc. will address the basic needs not covered by public assistant programs of disenfranchised populations in southwest Arkansas, northwest Louisiana, and northeast Texas.

Vision: To create a community where the basic needs of vulnerable and low-income people are met.


Diaper Need

ALTBC is a member of the

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Why diapers?

Diaper need is when a mother of five walks into a local shelter after her husband as let her with no food, no infant formula, and no diapers.

Diaper need is when a mother walks into the Texarkana Salvation Army Shelter with her baby wearing a makeshift diaper made of napkins and pins.

Diaper need is when a father at a checkout line sets aside diapers because he cannot purchase diapers and groceries for his family.

Diaper need is when family that had been living on the streets arrives at the Texarkana Salvation Army seeking help and place to stay with an infant wearing urine soaked pajama bottoms.

An estimated 5.3 million U.S. children (or about half the U.S. population ages 0-3 years) are affected by diaper need and 33% of American moms struggle to get diapers for their children. The purchase of diapers is prohibited with food stamps (SNAP) and WIC (Women, Infants, and Children program). Most daycare centers require the parent to supply diapers or pull-ups for the child to be at the center for that day. If you are a mom who cannot afford to buy diapers for your child then you might to miss a day of work or school just because you don’t the diapers to place your child in daycare and you cannot find a babysitter.

Diapers are expensive! Diapers need to be changed 8-10 times per day and diapers on average can cost $60-80 per month or more. Now multiply that per child per month for the next 4 or 5 years and it adds up!

In the 17 counties ALTBC will serve there are over 151,849 families with children under the age of five living below the poverty line who are affected by diaper need.

Harvest Texarkana, the regional food bank, conducted a food insecurity study for the counties they serve. Their study showed that 71% of the households they serve have to choose between rent or food, and 81% had to make a choice between food and utilities in the past year. So if families have to make those hard choices then it is obvious they would struggle with buying diapers or pull-ups for their baby every month.






Diaper Distribution Network

ALTBC collaborates with established social service organizations in the Ark-La-Tex that support families in need. ALTBC is instrumental in supplying our partners with an overlooked need – diapers – which enables them to increase their services to individuals and families in need.

If an organization would like to become a member of the Diaper Distribution Network please contact

ALTBC is pleased to partner with the following organizations to distribute diapers to babies in need:


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Why does this matter?

“It is hip today to refer to prostitution as ‘sex work’ and as an activity that should be decriminalized to protect the women in the industry. But this language and reasoning is deceptive and distorts what prostitution really is.”

~ Chris Hedges, Prostitution: Being Raped for a Living

There are girls in the 6th and 8th grades who are forced into prostitution.

1 in 3 runaways will be approached by a pimp within 24 hours.

Sexual activity with minors is in high demand with the average age of entry into prostitution being 13 years old.

Prostitution in America disproportionately impacts women of color.

“Although Las Vegas attracts visitors from all over the world, most of the young prostitutes are recruited locally with nearly two thirds of those hustled from the African-American community.”

~ The Daily Beast, “Shooting on the Strip: Las Vegas’s Prostitution Secret” August 4, 2013

In the future, ALTBC will launch a safe house for victims of prostitution to be healed and restored in a loving and supportive environment. The clients at the safe house will receive counseling and educational classes that will rebuild their confidence and strengthen them to become what God always wanted them to be.


Human Trafficking: Exploitation of women still rampant worldwide

My 25 years as a prostitute

Shared Hope International

How Legalizing Prostitution Has Failed

Race and Prostitution


We do more than diapers!

ALTBC has several programs to meet overlooked needs in the Ark-La-Tex

Diaper Distribution

ALTBC collects donations of baby and adult diapers, pull-ups, and baby wipes from individuals, churches, schools, and businesses that will be distributed to partner agencies that are already helping families in need through comprehensive programs and services. Items will be donated to social service organizations like: Friendship Center, Salvation Army, and First Choice Pregnancy Resource Center. If you would like to learn more about becoming a partner please contact us.

ALTBC hosts two diaper drives annually. During the Mother of All Diaper Drives diapers and pull-ups are donated as a Mother’s Day gift for moms struggling with diaper need with sponsorship from local churches. Area schools sponsor the Diaper Need Awareness Week diaper drive as a community service project. Please contact us if your church or school would like to be a sponsor for the 2nd annual Mother of All Diaper Drives April 3-24, 2016 or the Diaper Need Awareness Week diaper drive September 26-October 2, 2016.

We recognize that cloth diapers are considered a more socially and environmentally responsible way to diaper babies so in the future ALTBC will offer a cloth diaper educational program as an alternative to disposables.

Bundle of Joy baby boxes

Every baby should have everything he or she needs to get off to a healthy start. But many low-income moms and families might struggle to provide the necessary items for their newborn. Based on the maternity package from Finland ALTBC will partner with local hospitals and clinics to offer baby boxes to low-income moms and their newborn. The concept of baby boxes is gaining traction in the United States with legislation being proposed in Minnesota.

The baby boxes will include: onesies, socks, bath towel, nail scissors, hairbrush, toothbrush, bath thermometer, diaper rash cream, washcloth, picture book, teething toy, diapers, formula, baby bottles, baby wipes, a bib, healthcare kit, and stuffed animal. All items are donated.

Basic Needs Pantry

Did you know that feminine hygiene products, household cleaning supplies, toiletries, paper towels and toilet paper cannot be purchased with food stamps or WIC?

Many low-income and elderly people have to make do without these essentials for daily living, but that should not be the case. Every person should have the things necessary to keep themselves clean and healthy. The Basic Needs Pantry will collect donations of these items to be distributed to partner agencies.

Care Packages

When girls and women are arrested on prostitution charges (which they should not be) and released from a juvenile facility or jail they often have nothing but the clothes on their back. They are estranged from their families and they often return to the streets to continue being mentally, physically, and of course sexually assaulted.

The women and girls need to know that someone loves them and cares for their wellbeing. ALTBC provides care packages to victims of prostitution upon their release from a juvenile or jail facility. The care packages will be given to the Bowie County Juvenile Probation Department.

All items should be placed in a decorative bag or gift box. Items needed for the care packages:

  • toothbrushes
  • toothpaste
  • soap
  • shampoo
  • deodorant
  • body lotion
  • wet wipes
  • hand sanitizer
  • socks
  • shirts
  • underwear
  • books
  • journals
  • pens

Get Involved

“… And remember the words of the LORD Jesus, that He said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.'”

~ Acts 20:35

There are many ways to support ALTBC! We are working on an online payment system, but until then monetary donations can be sent to PO Box 6867, Texarkana, TX 75505.

Hosting a diaper drive is an opportunity to bring awareness to diaper need. Diaper drives are easy to do and the themes are endless (here are ideas for the holiday season). Churches, clubs, businesses, students or anyone can host a diaper drive. New, clean, disposable diapers and pull-ups of all sizes are needed and baby wipes can be donated. You can donate diapers your child has outgrown as well. A diaper drive toolkit is available to help you get started.

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You can also donate your professional services.

Thank you for your support!

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Our Success


Thank you from the Salvation Army shelter:

“Two babies who were born at the shelter after the diapers were dropped off…the diapers were a GOD-send!!”

 ALTBC has received local and national media coverage

Diaper need in Texarkana was the feature story in the July 2015 edition of HER Magazine.

The International Club’s diaper drive for DNAW received coverage on

Lisa Sewell was interviewed by Derrick McGary on KTOY 104.7 FM “Sunday Morning Show” on September 20, 2015.

Texarkana Gazette October 4, 2016 “With White House push, the diaper gap comes into view”


In September 2015, Texarkana, Texas Mayor Bob Bruggeman and Texarkana, Arkansas Mayor Ruth Penney Bell issued a joint proclamation recognizing Diaper Need Awareness Week (DNAW), September 28 to October 4, in the twin cities.

2015 DNAW Joint Proclamation

Lisa had the opportunity to speak before the Texarkana, Texas and Arkansas City Councils about DNAW (the Texas City Council presentation begins at 14:13 and the Arkansas City Council presentation is at the very end).

DNAW Proclamation Texarkana
Lisa Sewell with Texarkana, Texas Mayor Bob Bruggeman on September 14, 2015.


About Us

Board of Directors

Sandra Cherry

Sandra Cherry has experience writing grants and through working with others has applied and received several grants that helped many families and businesses in Texarkana. Under the leadership of Mr. Veo Jones, director of the Housing Authority of Texarkana Texas, she participated in activities to help residents.

Sandra owned and published a newspaper called Insight that she created for over five years. Sandra also worked with team members that published a directory of black businesses called the Black Yellow pages in Texarkana. She supervised the Good Fellows Christmas Basket program that was headed by Coach Nathan Jones and gathered toys and food for people in need with help from Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and the Marine Corps. In addition they received food clothing and toys from local stores and residents of our community.

Sandra is currently a minister at Christ Nations Church in Texarkana, Texas.

Cindy Elkins

Cindy is currently the Retail Store Manager of the Baptist Book Store (BBS) in Texarkana, Texas. She has coordinated, wrote and produced all television and radio commercials for BBS. Cindy oversees and coordinates all layout and design of any print materials for the retail store. She trains, instructs and assists the employees in the retail store in achieving the goals for the company.

Cindy is the first woman to receive the highest educational goal in Texarkana as Distinguished Toastmaster. She has been asked to speak to groups as small as 10 and as large as 500. Cindy has spoken extensively on television and radio, and currently has a thirty-minute weekly radio program on KPYN.

She has received training by Toastmasters International in preparing, coordinating and presiding efficiently over meetings in various settings and in the art of public speaking. Cindy has presided over numerous meetings using parliamentary procedure. Cindy has been successful in organizing public and private functions for enjoyment and business.

Anne Redelfs

Anne Redelfs, MD was born in a small mill town in western Pennsylvania. She received a BA in chemistry from Duke University and an MD from Tulane University.  Through two years of residency in pediatrics and three years in psychiatry at Tulane-affiliated hospitals, she became aware of her passion for helping people progress in their human development. After a brief private practice, she retired from psychiatry to prayerfully pursue a better way to assess and treat delayed development and the emotional and mental illness that often results. She has put her findings in her book The Awakening Storm, a story about her evacuation from her New Orleans home to escape Hurricane Katrina.

Anne has contributed to a number of other books, including the international bestseller, Voyage to Your Vision, and two of Kristen Clark’s publications, Becoming Women of Worth: Stories of Hope and Faith and Stories of Trauma and Triumph. She resides in Texarkana, Texas where she practices this ministry of developmental healing.

Lisa Sewell, Chair, Secretary, Treasurer

Lisa is the Founding Executive Director of ALTBC and is the leading voice in the movement to end diaper need in the Ark-La-Tex.

Lisa’s ultimate goal is to be the founder and executive director of a network of safe houses that will be on every continent for women and girls who have been the victims of sex trafficking and prostitution. Lisa’s vision is based on the Word of God and she envisions herself being a part of an international organization, such as the United Nations, advocating for the rights of women and girls and fighting for justice for marginalized and exploited people.

Lisa was born and raised in Texarkana, Texas and graduated from Texas High School. She earned an associate’s degree from Texarkana College and a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Texas. Lisa is a member of the University Toastmasters Club in Texarkana, Arkansas. Lisa currently is a board member for the Jamisons’ Center of Kindness in Texarkana, Arkansas, and is a member of Christ Nations Church in Texarkana, Texas.


The first time Lisa Sewell became aware of diaper need was from reading a New York Times article in 2010. Once she realized low-income mothers need for diapers for their children she made a commitment to purchase diapers and donate them to organizations. But God wanted Lisa to do more than just give diapers. He wanted Lisa to start an organization that would a resource for marginalized and oppressed people in our community.

Overcoming poverty is not a task of charity; it is an act of justice. […] It is man-made and it can be overcome and eradicated by the actions of human beings.”

~ Nelson Mandela

ALTBC recognizes the intersection of poverty, a lack of jobs that pay a living wage, education, and discrimination create the conditions for diaper need and the sexual exploitation of women and girls to exist.

“[American] policies perpetuate poverty by only fighting it with half measures. We give people just enough to keep them hanging by a thread, but not enough for them to get on their feet.”

~ Joanne Goldblum, CEO of the National Diaper Bank Network

ALTBC is deeply committed to fighting for social justice particularly in the areas of the exploitation of women and girls, economic injustice, mass incarceration, and racial and gender discrimination. As the organization expands programs will be included to address these various issues locally and globally.

ALTBC believes that the Blessing of the Lord is the answer to societal ills and it will be the Lord’s Blessing that will sustain the organization and provide sustainability for all families and individuals.

The foundational scripture for ALTBC is:

God can bless [ArkLaTex Blessing Center] with everything [ArkLaTex Blessing Center] needs, and [ArkLaTex Blessing Center] will always have more than enough to do all kinds of good things for others. ~ 2 Corinthians 9:8

The blessing of the Lord brings [true] riches, And He adds no sorrow to it [for it comes as a blessing from God]. ~ Proverbs 10:22 AMP

Contact Us

If you are in need of diapers please complete this form

If you want to contribute or have any questions about our ongoing and future activities please contact us.

Mailing Address  ArkLaTex Blessing Center, Inc., PO Box 6867, Texarkana, TX 75505