Community pitches in for quints
When Briana and Jordan Driskell bring their quintuplets home for the first time, they'll have more than a little help from their friends. Meredith Cocke, Jordan's first cousin, is a volunteer at Journey Provisions, the thrift store at Journey Church. She and store director Heather Nichols have enlisted the help of church and community members for a diaper drive. Cocke said late Monday afternoon, she picked up 922 diapers and related items like baby wipes that were dropped off at the thrift store and the Warsh House, a coin laundry at 435 Lexington Road. "My minivan was filled all the way to the roof," Cocke said. "The day the babies were born, we were getting updates constantly and we were all very excited and we wanted to find a way to be supportive of them ." Nichols said. "I know they had the Go Fund Me (web) page, but a lot of people like to give actual items; they want to give things to help and not just money." Nichols said much of the thrift store's profits already support a "diaper ministry," so a Journey diaper drive for the Driskells seemed a natural fit. "Some people are bringing by gift cards for Jordan for restaurants that are near the hospital to kind of help out, because Momma's going to be in the hospital for a couple of weeks, and the babies are going to be there for a couple of months ." Nichols said. Cocke said managers at Kmart, Fast Stop gas station, Melissa's Cottage Café, Trifecta BBQ and Wilson's Pool Room have also agreed to provide drop-off sites for the diaper drive. A Go Fund Me page (www.gofundme.com/driskell-quints) set up before the babies were born had, as of late Tuesday morning, raised $1,825 towards a goal of $25,000. Nichols said if donors can't get to Journey Provision or the drop-off sites, they can reach her through the store's Facebook page and she'll arrange for someone to pick up the items. Journey Church is donating a case of diapers and wipes for each of the babies, and Nichols said she hopes other churches and businesses join the diaper drive, too. "We're just trying to do everything we can to surround this family with support like only Woodford County can. Woodford County's filled with big hearts, and if it wasn't this family, we'd try to support someone else, but they definitely need an entire village to help," Nichols said. Journey Provision donation hours are Monday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday from noon to 7 p.m.; Thursday from noon to 7 p.m.; and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.