Diaper drive for the homeless

Edmonds-based Girl Scout service project a huge success
By Heather Fitzpatrick | Nov 08, 2018
Courtesy of: Heather Fitzpatrick Diapers donated to a drive for the homeless.

In their first year of life, babies go through about 2,750 diapers, about 8,000 wipes, and a lot of formula and baby food.

According to Parenting magazine, the average family will spend close to $50 per week on those items alone. The costs rise if you have a child with allergies or special needs – or if you are homeless and need to purchase in small quantities in order to be able to carry everything with you.

For these families, the cost of these basic needs is much higher.

Girl Scout Troop 41002 looked at these statistics and decided it could make a difference for families experiencing homelessness. On Sunday, October 21, they set up donation sites in front of two doors of the Fred Meyer on 164th Street SW in Lynnwood.

They asked shoppers to help by donating diapers, wipes, formula and baby food.

“We have been working on our SOW What Journey badge,” Girl Scout Emma Sturgill said. “This badge looks at the impact of food and nutrition on our society. We were really concerned by the impact of poverty and homelessness on babies’ health and growth.”

The girls are aiming for their Gold Award, and this project was one part of one step toward that goal. The Gold Award is the equivalent of the Scouts’ BSA Eagle.

Girl Scout Troop 41002 is based in Edmonds, and includes 10th- and 11th-grade girls from Shoreline, Edmonds and Lynnwood.

The 10 Girl Scouts in the troop, who are 15 and 16 years old, took turns staffing the two sites over the course of eight hours. The project was a success. The girls were able to gather over 6,000 diapers, 8,000 wipes and 60 containers of formula and food for babies, along with some diaper ointment, bottles, and other supplies.

The girls delivered the supplies to Wellspring Family Services, an organization serving homeless families from south of Federal Way to north of Lynnwood. Its free store, the Baby Boutique, supplies families across the region with new and gently used clothing, strollers and other baby equipment, toys and books for children of all ages, and diapers, wipes and food for babies.

“Diapers are the item that goes most quickly,” said Thomas Powell, manager of the Wellspring Family Service Baby Boutique.

“We serve about 2,000 families every year, and we go through hundreds of thousands of diapers. We are so grateful that Girl Scout Troop 41002 did this drive, and that the residents of Lynnwood made such generous donations. It will make an enormous difference for so many families who are struggling to make ends meet.”

Heather Fitzpatrick is Girl Scout Troop 41002 leader.

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