Montgomery, Ala. (October 3, 2017) — After Hurricane Harvey made landfall in August and dropped more than 2 feet of rain on Texas, thousands of people in Houston and along the Gulf Coast were displaced. Although the waters have receded, some are still facing uncertainties almost a month after the storm. Turenne PharMedCo and a local ministry have united to reach out to Texans in need.
“Before the storm, many children and families in the Houston area were already struggling. In 2012, nearly 30 percent of kids in Harris County lived below the federal poverty line,” said Rev. Tiffany C. Chaney, pastor of Gathered by Grace, a Montgomery-based ministry serving young adults.
Gathered by Grace (GBG) raised funds to donate diapers and supplies for the Houston Diaper Bank, a non-profit organization working with social service agencies and shelters to distribute free diapers. GBG chose diapers as a focus for outreach after learning diapers and wipes are often not provided by disaster relief agencies. Hurricane Harvey highlighted the dire need for helping families with this basic necessity.
“One baby’s diapers can cost a family between $70 and $125 a month, which can put a strain on already tight finances. The additions of being displaced, replacing possessions, or having to repair storm damage, could be potentially devastating,” said Jeremy Alphord, Turenne’s vice president of marketing.
Teri Sumbry, a member of GBG, who works at Turenne PharMedCo, recognized an opportunity for partnership between her ministry community and Turenne that could benefit families in Houston. She helped form a relationship that would allow GBG to unite with Turenne to purchase diapers and supplies through a special program.
“It is a blessing to be part of a company that truly embodies the spirit of serving others,” Sumbry said. “Turenne’s support of this effort means so much to me.”
Gathered by Grace’s fundraising allowed for the purchase of 1,772 diapers and 68 packs of wipes from Turenne PharMedCo. The company also donated the shipping costs to transport the items across the country.
“We are so grateful for everyone who donated to support this effort,” Chaney said. “Thank you to Turenne PharMedCo for partnering with us to make an impact on families and provide help in one of the areas where it is truly needed. We are better together!”
About Gathered by Grace
Serving the Montgomery and Tuskegee, Alabama areas, Gathered by Grace is a community of young adults united by Christ that is growing spiritually, serving our community, getting to know our neighbor, welcoming to all, and sharing the Good News of Jesus. Gathered by Grace seeks to engage young adults in authentic ministry that helps them come to know and grow in their relationship with Christ while enlivening them spiritually. It is the hope that this ministry meets fellow Christians where they are in their current season of life and allows for theological discernment reflective of God's grace for all. For more information, go to: www.gbgministry.org
Turenne PharMedCo is a quality-driven provider of medical supply solutions proudly serving the full continuum of post-acute care nationwide. We are committed to helping our customers control costs and manage usage through innovative technologies and solutions while ensuring they have the products they need to care for those they serve. Turenne provides the agility that is important to providers and works to ensure our services and solutions are customizable to their needs. We take pride in being a family-owned company that provides superior quality. To learn more, go to: www.turennepharmedco.com
The Houston Diaper Bank
The Houston Diaper Bank is a non-profit organization that provides diapers through their unique partnerships with local agencies that aid in increasing their capacity. Their vision is to improve the quality of life for low-income families by advocating for children in poverty. For more information or to donate, go to:
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