Post Office Box 130
Bat Cave, N.C. 28710
The Rev. Wes
The Right Rev. José
Bishop Diocese of Western N.C.
Bare Necessities Ministry
Bare Necessities meets the first
Wednesday of each month from 3:30 - 6:30 pm. in the Parish Hall
All are welcome to come and participate during any or all of that time.
January 2016 Mission Trip to Haiti
Laura and Kathy with the items
ready for a trip to Haiti.
In addition to delivering kits, they will be teaching sewing
classes on making cloth diapers and wipes.
The Bare Necessities Team delivered diaper kits, post partum
kits, extra cloth diapers, sewing machine with extra needles,
bobbins and cover, scissors, tape measures, thread, diaper pins,
baby cereal, 20 yards of fabric,
10 English/Haitian Creole books, 11 learning toys.
Please keep all in your prayers.
Bare Necessities is a ministry that works to make a difference in
the world. The first set of diaper kits left for Haiti in
March 2015 with the Sisters of Mercy medical mission team. Since
then the Bare Necessities Team has expanded its ministry to include
feminine hygiene kits sent to women in countries where this luxury
is not available. Gifts to make this ministry possible have
come in so many forms: monetary donations, supply donations, work
days, "shoppers", people sewing and cutting out patterns at home, prayers, etc.
Each diaper kit is contained in a bag (donated by local businesses), two waterproof and size adjustable diaper covers, 10
cloth wipes, 10 absorbers and 4 diaper pins. The first project was
met with great success. Purchasing comparable kits would cost more
than $4000, but through the hard work of volunteers, our church was
able to accomplish our goal. Our church completed 56 full
diaper kits and helped to complete another 20 for the Diapers for
Haiti organization, resulting in 77 kits plus 63 diapers and extra
Presently Bare Necessities
has sent diaper kits and feminine hygiene kits (made from the
leftover PUL fabric and additional materials) Haiti, Thailand, Uganda, and
Diaper kits are also being used by local families interested in the
environmental aspect of cloth diapers and the added benefit of cost
For 2016, the “kits” translate into: 220
waterproof diaper covers, 1100 cloth diapers, 1100 cloth wipes, 110
tote bats, 256 feminine hygiene shields, 1280 cloth absorbers, 128
soaps, 256 ziplock bags, 128 tote bags, 2 newborn fleece blankets, 2
newborn fleece hats and 2 newborn fleece toy balls.
Laura writes: "About a year and a half ago I started
following an organization in Haiti, Children of the Promise. They are a
multi-purpose organization: orphanage/adoption agency, medical clinic,
pre-post natal nutrition education, temporary home for rehabilitating
malnourished children, etc. I have been impressed with their work and
felt drawn there. I have never been on a mission trip, but have wanted
to for many years. Children of the Promise is accustomed to having
missionaries and were well organized in receiving small and large groups
at their facility. It seemed like a good fit for this first foray into
the mission field.
Children of the Promise
requested post partum feminine hygiene kits, and
preemie and newborn diaper kits. We have
not been making the preemie and newborn diaper kits, so Amy worked
to adapt our patterns for these much
smaller items. The preemie diapers are about two thread spools high in
Kathy, and Wes’ sister Angela, agreed to make this trip
with me. A first for both of them as well.
We are all very excited, as well as
anxious, about what this trip holds in store for us in terms of the work
we can do,
and the experiences we will have. We
appreciate the support we have received in terms of time, money and
from Bare Necessities, our churches,
friends and family. Please hold us in your prayers.
The journey was in 2016 from
First Diaper Kits arrive in Haiti
Feminine Hygiene Kits arrive in Uganda
Workdays the first Wednesday of every month
Assembling the kits
Sewing the diaper covers
Finishing with snaps and edging
Cloth being cut for wipes
Everybody gets involved!