Answering the demand for diapers: Family Promise helps families during pandemic

Posted at 11:01 AM, Apr 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-22 13:12:16-04

BILLINGS – Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley serves families year-round, with the goal of assisting homeless families achieve success, and breaking the cycle of generational poverty.

The organization also operates a community diaper bank.

They give diapers to anyone in need, and once the pandemic began the demand for diapers and other baby necessities doubled.

In response, they activated their mobile diaper bank, making various stops around Billings on Thursdays, giving families the opportunity to pick up a pack of diapers without having to travel far from home.

“We’re hitting the streets, and giving diapers to people in several different ways,” said Felicia Burg, the development coordinator for Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley.

On Tuesdays, diapers can be picked up at the organization’s Day Center located at 10 South 26th Street from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

“On Wednesdays, if you contact us before that, we can set up a delivery. If you can’t get out of the house, if you’re not feeling well, if you don’t have transportation, whatever the case may be, I’ll bring diapers right to your door,” Burg said.

On Thursdays, Family Promise stations its mobile diaper bank at various locations throughout the day:

9 a.m. to 9:30 am. – McKinley School
9 a.m. to 9:30 am. – McKinley School
9:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Washington School
10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. – Newman School
11:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. – Ponderosa School
12 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. Olympic Village Apartments
12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. – Big Sky School

“Anybody in the community that’s just a little short on funds this month, whatever the case may be, can come get those diapers, because we want to make sure our littlest neighbors have all the basic hygiene items. Just like we need toilet paper, they need diapers,” Burg said.

The organization is currently accepting donations of diapers, wipes and formula.

Burg said being able to fulfill the community’s needs, and seeing community members offer help, warms her heart.

“It is so heartwarming to see the Billings strong community coming together and all working together and making sure no one is left behind. We’ll get through this. The importance of togetherness and that community response just warms my heart every day. It seems like in crisis, that shines so much more,” she said.

To learn more about Family Promise of Yellowstone Valley, visit their website by clicking here.