More than 20,000 new diapers, 600 packages of baby wipes, and other supplies and donations were collected by Joy FM (WXRI) staff and volunteers during the station’s 2018 diaper drive, held on May 12 during Mother’s Day weekend. The station set up four donation sites at North Carolina Wal-Mart locations in Hickory, Mount Airy, Wilkesboro, and Winston-Salem.
Donations were collected to benefit four organizations: Catawba County Department of Social Services (4,546 diapers / 93 wipes), The Legacy Center (5,128 diapers / 129 wipes), Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center (6,338 diapers / 174 wipes), and Salem Pregnancy Care Center (4,357 diapers / 207 wipes).
In total, Joy FM saw an increase of more than 3,000 donations over last year’s inaugural event. This included generous cash donations totaling $1,716, as well as diaper bags, formula, ointments, and clothing.
“Being able to meet our client’s needs is a huge help for them,” says Susan Sturgill, executive director of the Wilkes Pregnancy Care Center. “Diapers are not cheap, but they are necessary for our little ones. This supply will enable us to continue to meet their needs.”
Non-profit organizations like The Legacy Center are always in need of donations, prayer partners, and potential volunteers to serve in different capacities. The public outpouring of support through Joy FM’s Diaper Drive inspired Hanna Sain, executive director of The Legacy Center, to share a message of gratitude with Mount Airy residents.
“We have been blown away by the response from our community at our recent diaper drive with Joy FM. So many people came out with baby items and even monetary donations. It was a grand opportunity to increase our visibility in the community so people will know we are available. Not only did we get to meet new people, but they in turn have now met us,” said Sain. “Our doors are always open to help walk alongside and nurture the lives of anyone with an unplanned pregnancy.”
This was the second year Salem Pregnancy Care Center participated in Joy FM’s drive. Gary Byrum, executive director of Salem Pregnancy Center enthusiastically shared his thanks to all involved.
“We truly can’t say ‘thank you’ enough to Joy FM for hosting a diaper drive, said Byrum. Thanks again to the Joy FM staff, the volunteers from Pinedale Christian Church and SPCC…but most of all the customers who donated and purchased items from our Baby Wish List!”
Joy FM is committed to being a strong community partner, which is why it established its Neighborhoods and Nations® initiative in 2007. The Neighborhoods arm of the initiative focuses on non-profits and other organizations that exhibit exceptional missions within the Joy FM listening area. It was from this effort that Joy FM’s Diaper Drive was born.
Joy FM celebrated its twenty-first anniversary on May 19. General Manager and Morning JoyRide® host Daniel Britt credits the station’s longevity to its service-first approach toward ministry.
“We are called to be servant leaders,” said Britt. “The encouraging music we play on Joy FM defines us as a station, but it’s the actions we take within the communities we serve that define us as people. Mother’s Day is a joyous time for many, but not for all. This is just one small, but meaningful way we can make a real difference and let struggling moms know that they too are loved.”