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