By Tracie Mitchell
Staff Writer 

Local organizations partner to help the community

 

April 14, 2016

Tracie Mitchell

Worland Elks Community Diaper Bank assistant Gloria McGonigal and chairperson Ladonna Lacroix receives a donation from Worland Kiwanis Club President Steve Hunt Tuesday afternoon at the Worland Community Center Complex.

WORLAND – The Worland Kiwanis Club donated a check to the Worland Elks Community Diaper Bank during a luncheon Tuesday afternoon. The Worland Elks Community Diaper Bank provides diapers to families in the community.

"The diaper bank helps supplement families when money is short but we are not there as the sole provider for them. Most people come to the diaper bank once in a while, when they cannot afford to purchase diapers on their own," Worland Elks Community Diaper Bank Director Ladonna Lacroix said.

The diaper bank has been in operation for almost two years and serves many families in the community. "We have at least 70 families with over 90 children who come to the diaper bank. Last year we distributed over 18,000 diapers, almost 26,000 wipes and 2,000 pull-ups," Lacroix said.

The diaper bank is funded through grants, donations and fundraisers and the donation from the Kiwanis Club was greatly appreciated by the diaper bank. "I am so grateful that they (Kiwanis) donated to the diaper bank. We spend between $800 - $1,000 every six weeks on diapers, wipes and pull-ups," Lacroix stated.

Lacroix researches the best places to purchase the items she needs for the least amount of money. "We do everything that we can to make our money stretch as far as we can," she said. "I mainly purchase generic diapers but have a few name brands on hand for babies who are allergic to the generic ones," she added.

The Worland Elks Community Diaper Bank also received a part of the $23,790 which the 2015 Festival of Trees generated and distributed to local charitable organizations. "The money that we received from the Festival of Trees bought close to a month's worth of diapers," Lacroix stated.

Key Club Diaper Dash

The Worland High School Key Club is also contributing to the Worland Elks Community Diaper Bank by holding a diaper dash this Saturday. "We will be having a 5K fun run/walk to benefit the diaper bank this Saturday. The registration fee is a package of diapers or wipes, plus we will be taking monetary donations for the diaper bank as well," Worland High School Key Club advisor Pam Greek said. ""People need to register at the football stadium before 9 a.m. when the dash starts. There will be prizes for first, second and third place," she added.

"It is wonderful when organizations assist each other with the common goal of helping the children in the community," Lacroix stated.

 
 

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