The Maker’s Place has started a community diaper bank for low-income families in the Trenton area. At our “Diaper Depot,” families receive a bundle of free disposable diapers for every child in diapers they have with them.
The word is spreading! During the month of July, over 230 families received diapers from the Maker’s Place. Hundreds of people passed through our parking lot location each Depot day. Families not only received diapers, but could stay and build relationships. Families were also invited to come early for a time of prayer. We shared our joys and concerns with each other, and talked about the Maker’s Place as a community where everyone belongs—a place for all God’s children.
In God’s economy, everyone has something to offer, and in God’s family, everyone—no matter what age—is a beloved child of God.
We were also joined by new partners this past month. A Better Way, Inc. brought baby formula and other items, and helped get the word out into the community. The Blue Ox Thrift Shop, part of Titusville UMC, brought gently used children’s clothing, as well as a team of dedicated volunteers. The whole was greater than the sum of the parts because of them!
To me, all this goes to show the simple power of asset-based community development: you take what you have, connect it with others, and watch as God multiplies things for God’s purposes. Member families are starting to volunteer with us, to give back to their community and be part of the larger cycle of abundance. Something good is happening, as we gather around a simple but profound truth: in God’s economy, everyone has something to offer, and in God’s family, everyone—no matter what age—is a beloved child of God.
I hope you too will join us for what’s next. Volunteer with the Maker’s Place for an upcoming Diaper Depot. Donate diapers so that we can continue to build relationships with families—right now we’re looking for sizes 5 and 6. And continue to pray for us, as we partner with others to build God’s peaceable kingdom in Trenton, New Jersey.