The Texas Nursing Students Association at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, Lubbock, Texas, recently held a Dipes & Wipes Drive benefiting the Storks Nest to help local women get much-needed baby supplies, according to a news release. Students were expected to deliver the items to the Storks Nest in January, according to a school spokesperson.
It is estimated disposable diapers and baby wipes alone can cost families more than $100 a month, according to the release.
Community members dropped donations of diapers and baby wipes in bins scattered throughout the TTUHSC building, said TNSA President Shikha Narang in the news release.
We as future health care providers, serve our patients daily, but reaching out to the community and serving those in need in whatever way we can is very important as well, Narang said. What better way than giving back to the mothers and the babies in need?
The Lubbock Chapter of the Storks Nest helps expectant moms access early and consistent prenatal care, gain education about having the healthiest baby possible and receive new baby items.
The Larry Combest Community Health & Wellness Center, a nonprofit nurse managed primary healthcare center operated by the TTUHSC School of Nursing, and March of Dimes host an annual Storks Nest Baby Shower where community members can donate new baby items that are given as incentives to encourage pregnant women and teens to receive regular prenatal care.
With the help of the Lubbock community, the Combest Center and the March of Dimes have raised more than $354,000 for pregnant women and teens on the South Plains since the Storks Nest Baby Shower began more than a decade ago.