‘Changing our community’: BeGenerous collects diapers, food, furniture for needy families

Published: Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 04:03 PM.

Pompeo was promoting Huggies’ “Every Little Bottom” campaign to provide clean diapers to families who cannot afford them.

“That was it,” said McMinn. “It resonated with me. I was a teenage mom. Although I had love and support of my family, I still struggled. I researched the need, and saw statistics such as one out of three mothers in America struggles to provide diapers for her babies.”

McMinn told Hatten about the issue, and the two decided their mission would be to alleviate the financial strains of local families by providing them diapers and food.

In 2011, BeGenerous came to reality, and not long after, word “spread like wildfire and needs started pouring in.”

McMinn said organizations from local food pantries to the Florida Department of Health sought the help of BeGenerous, which was able to meet their needs thanks to community members’ donations.

“BeGenerous is the voice, the bridge. The people make it happen. Their generous hearts and willingness to be the hands and feet are changing our community,” said McMinn. 

Though McMinn’s involvement with BeGenerous slowed following an unfortunate accident in July 2011, which rendered her husband paralyzed and herself the family’s sole provider, she has returned to her “God-given mission” more determined than ever.

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