“If I was a new mother, needing these supplies,” said Barbara Reichbaum, a longtime regular Global Links volunteer, “I would be happy to receive the bag with even a portion of the contents.” Barbara and her fellow “case packers” had just learned that the only reason Global Links was unable to ship more baby bags was that we did not have enough baby clothes. Wanting to ensure that all recipients would receive some baby clothes in their bags, the case packers decided to take action, and planned a baby shower/clothing drive to complete the bags for an upcoming donation to La Croix Health Center in Haiti.
Case packers come in regularly to check, count, label and pack materials that arrive in cases. It is a big job, and this dedicated crew is vital to the functioning of Global Links.
The baby bag project was inspired by a hospital Global Links worked with in Nicaragua, which provided bags of essentials as an incentive for mothers to come in for prenatal care and a medically attended delivery. Global Links consulted with medical personnel in the countries where we work to devise a list of appropriate items to include in the bags. A quilter in Ann Arbor, Michigan, designed a sturdy, all purpose bag and made hundreds of them herself before helping to assemble easily followed instructions for other volunteers to follow. The bags are designed to have a long and useful life after the baby is born.
Global Links plans to send 100 bags to La Croix, each bag containing the same carefully chosen items. “We believe these bags help encourage mothers to deliver in the safe environment of the Maternity Center,” the staff at La Croix wrote.
Good prenatal and obstetric care can save lives. Global Links New Baby bags can help.
Barbara, left, and the rest of the case pack crew: Ann, Louise, Sabine and Marcie.