We do more than diapers!
ALTBC has several programs to meet overlooked needs in the Ark-La-Tex
The Changes Group
Sessions are held the 2nd and 4th Thursdays from 6:30-8:00 PM at Downtown First Baptist Church located at 401 Pine Street, Texarkana, Texas. Please call 903-386-8555 for more information.
A Changes Group is a type of support group that teaches many skills as well as developing the heart and mind of each member.
So many people these days do not listen well. Since they don’t really hear what others are saying, they often react based on past experiences.
A Changes Group teaches people to pause before, acting, listen inside and outside of themselves and speak their true thoughts and feelings. The more people practice these skills, the less likely they will be to act impulsively or violently. They also learn to help each other to speak his or her own thoughts and feelings. They will be more likely to respond to their children with respect and care, and their children will naturally imitate them.
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/Hospital Partner Program
Reduce diaper need from day one of a baby’s life
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.
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 well-being. 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:
- body lotion
- wet wipes
- hand sanitizer