Diaper drive helps keep babies warm and dry and benefits Gabriel Project
WHEELING — Diaper drives conducted by the Wheeling Serra Club and supported by Team Sledd and other donors have been keeping West Virginia babies warm and dry. For the past eight years these diaper collections have helped the Gabriel Project assist disadvantaged families with infants and children two years of age and younger.
The Serrans’ efforts and those of other donors are multiplied significantly thanks to Gabriel Project volunteer Dianne Sincavich, who arranged for Team Sledd, the convenience retail product supply giant, to match diaper donations up to 5,000 diapers. Mrs. Sincavich’s husband Rob is Team Sledd’s President.
“Thanks to the generosity of Dianne and Rob Sincavich, the Wheeling Serra Club and our other donors, we collected more than 17,000 diapers last year to help West Virginia families,” said Faith Hicks, Gabriel Project Northern programs coordinator.
The Serra Club’s 2019 drive is currently in full swing, and Team Sledd has once again promised to match every diaper donated up to 5,000. Individuals and organizations can contribute diapers and drop them off at any of the Gabriel Project locations. Potential donors can contact the Northern Panhandle Gabriel Project at 304-639-5039 for locations in West Virginia; they can also mail a tax-deductible check payable to the Northern Programs Gabriel Project to 1409 Chapline St., Wheeling, WV 26003.
Ms. Hicks said she is amazed and heartened by the support Gabriel Program of WV receives.
“There’s something about babies,” she said. “People just want to help them, and they’re very generous.”
For instance, parishioners at St. James Church in McMechen, which runs a food bank, heard about the diaper drive and got involved in a big way.
“Last year they collected more than 5,000 diapers for the drive,” she said.
Wheeling Serra Club President Chris Freeman said volunteer Shelley Gilligan was instrumental in the success of the drive; he also cited the efforts of Serran Bernie Coyne and former club members George Smoulder and Gary Mulhern, who started the drives but have since moved from the area.
The Gabriel Project serves needy families in nearly 30 West Virginia counties. To make a donation or learn more, visit Northern Programs Gabriel Project on Facebook or call the Northern Programs Chapter office at 304-639-5039. You can learn more about the Gabriel Project of West Virginia at gabrielwv.org. The Wheeling Serra Club is part of an international organization of Catholic men and women who support and foster vocations to the priesthood and religious life.