ANDERSON -- It’s not every day struggling parents can get free diapers, but if SuzieDee Pardue gets her way, maybe they will someday.
For now, Pardue and the Christ Lutheran Church are offering free diapers and wipes to parents in need every third Tuesday of the month.
“We have families making the choice between food and diapers,” she said, “and we know which one is going to lose.”
To make that choice a little easier, Pardue helped create The Baby Corner, a ministry aimed at helping struggling parents by offering a little bit of relief. Each month, parents can come to 2751 N. Scatterfield Road and get a small supply of diapers.
There isn’t a set limit to how many each child will get, but the ministry tries to be fair on distribution day, especially since they don’t turn away anyone in need. More than once, The Baby Corner has run out of supplies, so volunteers have gone out to buy diapers out of pocket.
It’s a problem Pardue hopes will change soon.
The ministry was awarded a $5,000 grant from Thrivent Financial for Lutherans. The Baby Corner will receive an additional $5,000 if it raises $10,000 by March 31.
So far, The Baby Corner has raised $6,500, Pardue said.
“We’re not there, trust me,” she said. “We’re a small church but we’re kicking right along, let me tell ya.”
One way to help raise money is through a “Bounce For Babies” event on Wednesday at Sky Zone in Fishers. If people mention The Baby Corner at the trampoline park from 3 to 8 p.m., a portion of the admission will go toward the ministry.
Pardue doesn’t doubt the church will raise the money. It takes a community to raise a baby, and she believes Anderson residents will help.
The tough economy has put a lot of parents in a state of despair, Pardue said. Single parents, working parents, students and people from all walks of life need help.