Operation: Swaddling Clothes
We provide 20-25 diapers to each MIFA-screened family of a child in diapers who visits our Food Pantry.
The volunteers of Operation: Swaddling Clothes believe that each child in our community is a beloved child of God, no less than our own children. Our mission is to provide dignity through diapers to "the least of these" in the Memphis area.
Did you know:
- 39 percent of Memphis's children live below the poverty line.
- Diapers ARE NOT COVERED by food stamp/SNAP benefit or the WIC program.
- A healthy child goes through average of 50 diapers a week, and diapers can cost $100 or more a month.
- A baby crying non-stop from being in a soiled diaper for a prolonged period is more likely to be abused.
Operation: Swaddling Clothes has distributed more than 70,000 diapers to Memphis families in need since it began in a UMW meeting at St. John's five years ago. We are continuously seeking donations of diapers, funds, or store gift cards to help satisfy the increasing need for diapers. As Jesus was born to a young mother in modest circumstances who did all she could to meet His physical needs, we invite you to help us uphold the dignity and value of these children of God who live right here in our own community.
For more information on diaper need or how your group might support OSC, contact Jaime Winton at dignitythroughdiapers [at] gmail [dot] com and visit our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/OperationSwaddlingClothes.
How you can help
Host a diaper drive to support Operation: Swaddling Clothes, a ministry which provides a 1-2 week supply of diapers to prescreened Memphis families with children in diapers who are guests of the food pantry at St. John's United Methodist Church.
Educate your congregation or small group about the problem of diaper need in Shelby County by distributing flyers from the downloadable Diaper Drive Toolkit found by clicking here, or requesting a speaker from Operation: Swaddling Clothes.
Pray for Operation: Swaddling Clothes and the families it seeks to bless.
The Diaper Drive Tool Kit includes everything you might need for a successful drive: printable posters/ flyers, sample letters/email to congregants, printable collection box labels, goal charts, diaper drop signs, and lots of great ideas.