Kansas City — Diapers are a huge expense for low-income families. For many served by The Family Conservancy (TFC), this expense can make up nearly 15 percent of their income, and social service programs like WIC and the Food Stamp Program don’t cover them.
To meet this need, TFC is recruiting hostesses for the sixth annual Mother of All Happy Hours. Hostesses will plan “happy hour” events during the week of Mother's Day. Event guests are asked to bring diapers or baby items for TFC’s Mother’s Market.
The Mother’s Market is available to low-income pregnant and new moms participating in TFC programs — like parenting classes on prenatal care and positive parenting. By attending classes, participants earn credit that can be used to acquire these items for basic care and education.
Mother of All Happy Hours was envisioned by a group of local moms as a way for mothers to help mothers. Here’s what the support of the hostesses and partygoers means to one parenting class participant and her child. “It (The Mother’s Market) helps us a lot because diapers and wipes are very expensive. Coming here (parenting class) every Tuesday helps me and my baby to have diapers. Without it, I wouldn’t have a way to buy diapers.”
Last year, individuals, businesses and organizations all over the metro hosted parties — collecting more than 100,000 diapers and many other items.
More information can be found online at www.thefamilyconservancy.org/moah or by calling Diandra at 913.742.4181.
About The Family Conservancy
The Family Conservancy has strengthened the healthy development of over 5 million Kansas City children and families since 1880. Our approach is a comprehensive one, focusing on: quality early child care and education, mental health counseling, and helping poor families break the cycle of poverty and raise successful and healthy children.