The next 1,000 babies born at Memorial Hospital will go home with a month’s supply of diapers and a special book thanks to the Rotary Club of Jasper and local volunteers.
In early 2020, the Rotary Club of Jasper heard presentations from many deserving causes. Melanie Powell of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center presented a project to supply a box of diapers to babies born at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.
There were other deserving projects, but ultimately, the club voted to supply a box of diapers to the babies born at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.
Then, the local club teamed up the Rotary International to procure a District Grant — a grant to support small-scale, short-term humanitarian projects that support local communities. The Rotary Club of Jasper matched the District Grant dollar for dollar, which resulted in a $6,000 to help financially back a deserving, local cause.
The Rotary Club of Jasper sent $3750 to the Memorial Hospital Foundation to purchase the diapers. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center was able to source special pricing on diapers to make this gift possible. The rest of the $6000 District Grant was split between the purchase of the baby books, the Rotary Wheel emblem stickers (to be placed on the baby books), and informational inserts about the Rotary Club of Jasper. The baby books and informational inserts will also be provided in Spanish to meet the needs of Dubois and surrounding counties’ diverse population.
The diapers will help to keep the baby clean, hygienic, and healthy, while the baby book will help the parents start the baby on a journey of lifelong learning. The diaper supply will be at least one less worry for the parents during the crucial start of baby’s life. There should be enough supplies to gift at least 1000 babies born at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center.
Nadina Paulin, librarian of Ferdinand Elementary, assisted the Rotary Club of Jasper with sourcing enough baby books to supply every baby with a high-quality book that will have the Rotary wheel emblem sticker. Todd Mehringer, Director of Materials Management for Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center, will oversee the logistics of the diapers on behalf of Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center. Todd will order more diapers as supplies are used until the entire gift was used.
The Rotary Club of Jasper is glad to have helped facilitate this great project to assist families during their exciting first month. Rotary’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center’s mission to be for others through quality and excellence made a great partnership with Rotary to help local parents meet a critical need for their growing families.
For information about how you can join the Rotary Club of Jasper contact Membership Chair, Michael Olinger at [email protected], or visit us on Facebook @RotaryClubofJasperIndiana.