LAKELAND, Fla. The Florida Baptist Children’s Homes and One More Child (the Children’s Homes’ international childcare ministry) are striving to meet some of their priority childcare needs, which include new clothes and other supplies for their kids as they head back to school as well as large supplies of disposal diapers.
The Children’s Homes’ six campus locations are teeming with excitement as house parents work feverishly to get their kids ready for the new school year. A big part of getting all of the kids prepared is outfitting them with new clothes, backpacks, and various other school supplies.
“As any parent can attest, getting kids ready for the new school year can be quite an undertaking. New clothes, supplies, and all the various school fees really add up,” said Steve Johnston, acting president of the Florida Baptist Children’s Homes.
According to the Children’s Homes the total back-to-school costs of new clothes, supplies, and fees for one child in their care is about $415.
“Gifts large and small really help the children in our care. For example, $14 will purchase a new shirt, $19 for new pants, and $38 for a new jacket.
“Next to knowing Christ as Savior, education is a top priority for our kids. We believe wholeheartedly that education is a critical pathway to a future beyond the destructive lifestyles that have victimized so many of the children in our care. That’s why we make sure that our kids are well prepared and start the new school year with enthusiasm and excitement that will carry over to their studies,” Johnston said.
In addition to their back-to-school needs, the Children’s Homes will also be conducting a diaper drive as part of their annual 40 Days for the Fatherless campaign, which is designed to raise awareness of the plight of orphaned and disadvantaged children.
The Children’s Homes reports that nearly 30,000 diapers a month are needed for their domestic and international childcare needs.
“Our goal is to be able to help defray significant childcare costs for our foster parents and for the Children’s Malnutrition Center in Guatemala by providing them with a large quantity of disposable diapers for use throughout the year,” Johnston said.
Diapers can be delivered to any of the Children’s Homes’ campus locations from September 26 to November 4. They can use all sizes of diapers, but their greatest need is for size 1-2 and size 3.
See the Children’s Homes’ website at FBCHomes.org for a list of campus locations and to make an online donation to their diaper drive fund or to their back-to-school needs.