Community Impact: Helping Mamas
“It’s astounding to me that so many women have to choose between basic needs for their children,” said Jamie Lackey, who founded Helping Mamas in 2014 – a Norcross-based baby supply bank – that helps close the gap between needs and resources for mothers.
The baby supply and period product bank collects and distributes products for mothers and children in need. Helping Mamas serves more than 60,000 children a year and distributes more than 2 million essential items to women and children.
Helping Mamas recently received a $10,000 grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation to help provide essential baby items to Gwinnett and Hall County women and children in need. The grant provides funds to purchase products such as diapers, wipes, period products and personal hygiene products to be distributed through their mobile program, which uses a van to get critical items directly to those in need. The Helping Mamas van can often be seen at schools, libraries and churches hosting distribution days throughout the community.
“This grant from the Jackson EMC Foundation will allow us to provide assistance to more than 500 children, allowing moms to focus on meeting other needs and helping their children thrive,” Lackey said. “We’re very grateful for the support of the Jackson EMC Foundation and members who have made this possible.”