Family who lost infant to child abuse gives diaper bags to low-income parents in Roanoke

22-month-old Amarah Lane killed by mother in 2018

Diaper bag giveaway to honor Amarah Lane
Diaper bag giveaway to honor Amarah Lane

ROANOKE, Va. – A family motivated by the pain of losing an infant gave joy to dozens of low-income parents.

The Woody family dropped off a bundle of fully-loaded diaper bags at the Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority on Friday. The bags will go to parents living in public housing.

Brenten Woody’s 22-month-old daughter, Amarah Lane, was killed by her abusive mother in 2018. Her mother is now in prison for the crime.

“I’m still trying to figure out ways to handle it, but it hurts every time," Woody said. “I just try to stay strong. That’s all I can ever do, all a parent can ever do, is stay strong.”

Thursday would have been Amarah’s fourth birthday.

“It’s a sad event, but we wanted to give back to the community and make it a better place," Woody said.

Roanoke Redevelopment and Housing Authority executive director David Bustamante said the diaper bags are needed among these communities.

“They don’t have the means to purchase these things,” Bustamante said. “For some of us, it’s common to be able to buy milk, pacifiers, or diapers. For some of these families, it’s just not the norm.”