Diaper Drive to benefit babies, families

Harbours Gate hosting event with community partners.
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 5:10 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 1, 2021 at 5:54 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - This season while many families are celebrating with an abundance of food and festivity, many will also be struggling to make ends meet.

One of those families is Tracey Brown’s. The grandmother has returned to Tennessee and to full-time motherhood after an unexpected turn in the life of her prematurely born grandson, Eli. When she realized he needed her, she did what her heart led her to do, according to Harbours Gate Executive Director Thomas Garner. “She stepped up to the plate, gave up all she had to come up here, found a job since we met her, but she did need some assistance.”

Brown juggles her job with some sleepless nights caring for Eli and making sure he thrives by getting good nutrition to help him gain weight. “He drinks bottles during the day and he does a feeding tube at night.” She said Harbours Gate was helpful getting her home set up for full-time baby care once again. They have helped me out in so many ways. Diapers, wipes, found me a stroller and a car seat.” Brown recommends anyone needing assistance ask Harbours Gate.

Day-to-day parenting may be hard. But choosing to care for Eli was easy. Brown said, “I fell in love with him.”

“I admire her determination and her courage to know she’s not giving up,” said Garner. “If she was not here, I don’t know that that grandson would be here today with us.”

The nonprofit, Harbours Gate, is hosting a Diaper Drive on April 10. Garner said this drive can include other items families with young children need. “Baby wipes. If they have any gently used infant clothing from ages newborn on up to the age of 12. If they’ve got some decent, good used car seats, strollers, baby swings.”

The Diaper Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Harbours Gate campus located at 2428 Airbase Road in Louisville.

The event will be conducted with social distancing and CDC guidelines. Partners involved are Mamas Helping Mamas and Destiny Adoption Services.

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