Moms host drive to diaper Bluffton

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Moms host drive to diaper Bluffton

By AMY COYNE BREDESON abredeson@islandpacket.com 843-706-8134
Published Monday, July 12, 2010   |  544 Words  |  lifestyle

Changing diapers: It's a dirty job, but somebody's got to do it. Many moms and dads might feel like they're changing diapers all day long. But what about the parents who don't have enough money to buy diapers?
In today's economy, it can be difficult for many caring parents to fork out the cash for costly baby items, including diapers.
But several local women are pushing for a change.
"As a mom of a 2-year-old, just when I read the statistics that (some parents) can only afford one diaper a day, it just was astounding to me," said Bluffton mom Laura Jacobi. "That mental picture -- it kind of haunted me."
Jacobi and her Bible study group were looking for some kind of community service project to get involved in when one of the members thought it would be a good idea to organize a diaper drive. Amanda Ware had read an article in Redbook magazine about a group of women in Columbia who held a diaper drive for low-income children.
She realized that was the perfect project for her group.
Ware spoke to Bluffton Self Help Executive Director Jenny Haney about coordinating a diaper drive, and Haney assured her there is a need in the community and said people come in to Bluffton Self Help asking for diapers all the time.
She said Bluffton Self Help gets some diaper donations but never enough or the right sizes.
Jacobi, Ware and the other women in their group will host a diaper drive from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Chick-fil-A in Bluffton.
Tuesday also is Kids' Night at the restaurant, so with every combo customers buy, they get a free kid's meal.
The women's group will accept unopened packages of diapers and wipes as well as diaper cream and cash to purchase diapers.
All donations will go to Bluffton Self Help to assist needy families in Bluffton.
"It's an expensive item," Haney said. "It's just one extra thing we can help them with that will make their dollar stretch."
Haney said the nonprofit organization will only give free diapers to Bluffton residents, and people will be required to show proof of residency to pick up diapers.
"When people come in for food, we don't question where they're coming from because we always have plenty of food, but you know, we're not going to have plenty of diapers, and that's going to run out."
After Tuesday's drive, diapers can be picked up from Bluffton Self Help between 1 and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Joining the effort to diaper the less fortunate babies of Bluffton is another group of local women, Lowcountry Moms. The group has planned a spirit night from 5 to 9 p.m. tonight at Jim 'N Nick's in Bluffton. During that time, the restaurant will donate 10 percent of its profits to help Bluffton Self Help buy more diapers.
"We're just trying to make a difference," Ware said. "Being a mom, it's close to home, and (we) felt like we could get a lot of other moms involved ... We hope to get 5,000 diapers -- that's our goal. And how many kids could we help by doing that?"