cyclists and walkers turn out to help Baby Basics
It TMs not hard to see the connection between clean diapers and happy babies, but Baby Basics of Collier County goes a step farther with the premise that diapers and family harmony also go handinhand.
When you have to choose between diapers and food, food usually wins out, said Jean Ann Lynch, founder of the national organization and Naples branch president. The stress on parents struggling to put food on the table is bad enough without a constantly crying baby suffering from a painful rash because parents can TMt afford diapers.
Disposable diapers are necessary because cloth diapers aren TMt accepted by most day care centers or laundromats, required by working parents who can TMt afford their own washing machines, said Baby Basics Board member, Ann Schein. locations for 19 years.
Lynch and husband Dick started the Naples Baby Basics 6 years ago with 10 babies, now distributing diapers to 275. They currently have another 100 families on the waiting list.
We also provide parents with a place to just drop in and socialize, said Allie Tate of Naples Habitat for Humanity, one of eight local Baby Basics biweekly distribution sites. We want to show the parents kindness too.
About 160 participants raised funds at the Baby Basics Biking Walking Challenge at North Collier Regional Park this past Saturday. The event was expected to bring in around $25,000, with a number of local sponsors, clubs and organizations participating. Participants had choices of walking or biking routes of anywhere from about 2 to 60 miles, collecting donations for the cause.
Collier County Sheriff Kevin Rambosk, an honorary chairman at the event, rallied participants and thanked everyone for their efforts in spite of the unseasonable cold. Most shrugged off the weather goodnaturedly as they launched amidst the cheers of onlookers and antics of several entertainers donating talent for the day.
Event organizers hope Saturday TMs event, its largest fundraiser, will inspire others to contribute. All donations up to $25,000 will be matched due to the generosity of a local benefactor. One hundred percent of contributions go to the support of babies in need. Baby Basics recently celebrated giving out its one millionth diaper.