DAYTON, OH – Miami University student Trudy Bechtolt has diapers on her mind, but not for the reason you may imagine.
While interning at Hannah’s Treasure Chest, a local nonprofit that serves children in need, Bechtolt learned how the lack of adequate diapers affects low-income children and families. To help address this issue, the Integrative Studies major has organized a diaper drive to help needy families in the Miami Valley for her senior capstone project.
“There are currently 5.3 million children living in poverty in the United States”, said Bechtolt. “The fact that mothers and caretakers are facing extreme poverty and have no money to provide clean diapers for their babies is heart wrenching to me. I wanted to make sure that my project was one that gave back to the community.”
-The GREAT DIAPER DASH diaper drive runs from May 1 through May 31. Bechtolt is partnering with 4 area YMCAs – Atrium, Springboro, West Carrollton and Kettering – as donation sites, with a goal of collecting 10,000 or more diapers to benefit families served through the programs at Hannah’s Treasure Chest.
Coffman YMCA Membership Director Rachel Chocholous was excited to partner with Bechtolt’s diaper drive. “It’s a great cause,” said Chocholous. “We are happy to be a part of it!”
Bechtolt is requesting all size diapers, pull-up training pants or wipes be donated in cribs placed in the lobby of each YMCA, and is even accepting open packs.
“No donation is too small. Low-income families are faced with hard decisions that we often take for granted. They may be forced to decide whether there is food on the table or clean diapers for their child,” said Bechtolt. “I am happy to be a part of something that will provide a -little relief for these families.”
Several of Bechtolt’s friends have also pitched in to help raise awareness of diaper need in the community. Friend Allison Durnbaugh said, “As a mother of 3, diaper need really touched a nerve. I cannot imagine stretching diapers on top of the already stressful job of being a mother.”
New and open packs of diapers may also be dropped off directly at Hannah’s Treasure Chest at 124 Westpark Rd., Centerville, OH, 45459. Additional donations may be purchased through Amazon Smile or Boxed.com.
For further information about hosting a diaper drive or making a donation to help Bechtolt and Hannah’s Treasure Chest reach their goal, please contact the nonprofit’s office at 937-438-5039.
Families seeking help should contact the United Way’s Help Line at 937-225-3000.