Haiti children in need of diapers
Parents know only too well how many diapers a baby can go through in a month. Now imagine needing at least 7,500 diapers each month.
The Foundation for Worldwide Mercy and Sharing, created by Aspenites Joe and Susie Krabacher, is sponsoring a diaper drive to benefit the five orphanages, two health clinics and six schools the organization operates in Haiti.
As of December, the foundation has helped over 2,400 children from families too poor to care for them alone – and the number grows each day, according to the foundation.
Allison Daily, the foundation’s organizer for volunteer services, said the diaper drive seemed like a tangible way for area residents to give to the organization without handing over a check.
“This way, you’re not just asking for money. You know the diapers will go to the children,” she said.
Collection sites have been set up throughout the Roaring Fork Valley. Aspen and El Jebel’s City Markets and churches like the Aspen Chapel, Christ Episcopal Church, Christ Community Church and First Baptist have bins ready for contributions.
“Waste Management is donating a receptacle, and I’m trying to fill it,” Daily said.
Foundation organizers are asking that all diapers be disposable to avoid further contaminating drinking water in Haiti, considered to be the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
“The water down there is so bad, for us to do cloth [diapers] would be washing into the water they would drink,” Daily said.
The diaper drive has elicited support from all over the valley, but Daily said the foundation is always in need of more sponsors.
“Any organization that would like to be involved in this can be,” she said.
Cash donations are also accepted by the foundation, Daily said, but used baby clothes, carriers and toys are especially appreciated.
“It doesn’t have to be in good shape at all. Anything is valuable,” she said.
All donations to the diaper drive should be turned in to the foundation by April 13.
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