JENKINS, Ky. (Baptist Press) — Bessie and Lester McPeek are known throughout eastern Kentucky as Diaper Lady and Diaper Man. They wouldn’t want it any other way.
The McPeeks, married for 24 years, started a unique diaper distribution and parent education ministry in Jenkins, Ky., in 2001. Since then, they have given away more than 2 million diapers to single moms, unemployed families and others in the economically troubled region who are struggling to make ends meet.
As the area’s once-thriving coal mines have gone out of business over the years, many former miners have lost their cars, homes and families. Like many places in the country, the rise in unemployment has been accompanied by an increase in drug trafficking, especially meth, which further complicates the region’s woes.
The McPeeks’ ministry, named “God’s Love from a Diaper Bag,” provides diapers, food, baby showers, parenting classes, Bible studies and other resources to help ease families’ day-to-day challenges.