I told many of you I would give you an update and provide a photo or two from the 2013 edition of the “3 Single Dudes and a Diaper Drive,” and I’m pleased to inform you that we delivered 5,366 diapers to The Lydia House in Omaha, Neb. on Friday – by far our best year.
But it really had little to do with us, and much more to do with those of you who chipped in to help. You donated $440.00 in cash and several thousand diapers. After adding our own cash to your donations, we bought even more diapers, which brought our total to the number mentioned above.
We had no idea this annual tradition would take on a life of its own. We were just three single guys who decided to stop exchanging Christmas gifts one year so we could use the money we would have spent on each other to make a small difference in our community. You’ve made it much bigger than that, and we couldn’t be happier. Thank you!
As I often do, after the drive was over, I ran the numbers.
Over the weekend at a Christmas party, one mom told me a baby goes through about eight diapers a day. So, 5,366 diapers would last one child 670 days or 1.83 years. Of course, diaper distribution doesn’t work that way because it is based on immediate need.
So I broke the numbers down differently.
If 22 mothers show up at The Lydia House for diapers and take home 240 diapers apiece (enough for a month’s supply for one baby – 30 days X eight diapers per day), that would equal 5,280 diapers, which basically exhausts our supply.
More realistically, mothers will end up taking one package of diapers at a time. If each mother takes home one package of 96 diapers, then the 5,366 diapers you helped supply will provide 55 mothers with enough diapers to get by for 12 days.
Those are numbers I can grasp.
Here are a few more pics. The first one shows the mountain of diapers behind us at the drop off point, where we are posing with three radio personalities from the sponsoring radio station.
Lee Warren is a freelance writer and editor who has written twelve non-fiction books, one novella and hundreds of articles for various newspapers and magazines as well as edited more than 50 books that currently appear in print. He's a fan of NASCAR, baseball, tennis, books, movies and coffee shops.