Colonial Life partners with local non-profit to collect, organize baby essentials

Volunteers took a quick break from organizing to pose for a picture. Karamie Sullivan photos.

There were 11 Colonial Life employees who devoted their time on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to organize one non-profit’s storage facility.  It was the kick-off  to the company’s week of service, honoring Dr King.

Power in Changing, an organization that helps provide families in need with baby/toddler supplies, recently received an influx in donations thanks to Colonial Life.

The company held a diaper and wipes drive to help provide the non-profit with more products to help families. Now that the additional diapers and wipes were transported the facility, Colonial Life members organized the room.

Community Relations Specialist Alana Stroker said Colonial Life wanted to help provide for a local need that is not always well-known. “Many people don’t realize that government assistance does not cover diapers and wipes,” she said. “So it’s a need in the community that a lot of people aren’t aware of. And we wanted to give employees the opportunity to give back to the community in a way that spoke to them.”

Monday’s goal, according to Stroker, was to organize the diapers, wipes, clothing, etc., in different categories in the room to provide easier access.

Power in Changing Executive Director, Ayanna White, said she’s very grateful Colonial Life chose to partner with her organization. “They acquired I think a little over a thousand diapers and about 2000 wipes through the drive they held,” she said.

White said the only thing a parent needs to obtain any of the baby products is proof of being a WIC recipient and a proper ID. Power in Changing’s office is located at 6615-B Two Notch Road in Columbia.

More information about the organization is available at www.powerinchanging.org.

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