layette bags

The Right Tools

There is nothing worse than trying to do a job without the right tool.  Like trying to take a screw out with the wrong screwdriver.  Why does it seem like no matter what type of screw it is, you always have the wrong tool handy?   I’m not sure what the equivalent would be for someone doing housework.  Maybe it would be like trying to get dried sticky drink off the kitchen floor but all you have is a broom.  You can rub it around the floor but it’s really going to make a bigger mess.

I had a lawncare business back in the early 2000’s.  We did everything from mowing and planting to landscapes and tree removal.  When we were first starting out, it wouldn’t be unusual for me to get across town and realize that I left my chainsaw or some other imperative tool back at the shop.  I can remember calling my wife to see if she was available to go hunt through my shop and deliver what I forgot.  It only took a couple of incidents like this to inspire me to start making a list of every job and tool I needed for the day.  

New Baby, New Tools

Now think about what it would be like to have a newborn baby.  Imagine being a new parent and not having a clue what you’re doing.  On top of that you are sleep deprived and scared.  My wife and I were blessed to have family around to help support and guide us through this time in our lives.  I remember when my children were little and how precious a pacifier was.  If you happened to lose a pacifier, someone was running to the store no matter what time of the night. Outreach Alliance for Babies is a ministry that helps support parents in these vulnerable times.  Mayor Allen Joines has talked about the importance of reducing infant mortality rates.  Reducing these rates are key objectives for several agencies in Forsyth County.  In 2019, we saw the rates drop for the first time in three years.  If we want to see continual progress we must support the moms before pregnancy, during pregnancy and after the birth of their child.

In 2005, Phyllis Bonds started a grassroots 501C3 called “Outreach Alliance for Babies” with the mission of supporting the community’s commitment to decrease infant mortality and promote child development and safety.   In 2015, OAFB joined forces with the Dream Center.   OAFB provides layettes to agencies in Forsyth County that identify clients with significant financial needs.  Each agency teaches the parents how to use all the materials provided in the layette at no charge.  Each layette consists of a tote bag with diapers, wipes, wash clothes, baby wash and lotion, sleep and play sets, onesies, bibs and receiving blankets…and yes the all elusive pacifier too! 

We know that there will be many needs a baby has but at least we can be assured that the parents will have the essentials they need to get started.  We support the sanctity of life for every baby.  Psalms 127:3 says, “Children are God’s love-gift, they are heaven’s generous reward.”  If you would like to help support OAFB, please contact

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Dream Center of Forsyth County
3650-J North Patterson Ave.
Winston Salem, NC 27105
(336) 744-3632

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