PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Lily Stauffer just turned 8 and had an unusual request for birthday presents.
“Instead of asking for presents, I asked for diapers,” Lily told KOIN 6 News. “We got 1000 diapers, which helped 30 babies for one month.”
Lily’s proud mom, Sally Stauffer, is on the board of directors for the PDX Diaper Bank, the only one of its kind in the area. She asked Lily if she’d like to ask for donations to a charity of her choice, and Lily said yes.
“She was onboard from the get-go. She identified that we live in a small house and we have pretty much everything we need and there are a lot of people out in the community that don’t have those things,” Sally said. “So it was important to all of us that we serve our community the best that we can.”
Neither WIC nor SNAP benefits cover diapers, she said, “and there aren’t other services currently providing diapers.” A healthy change of diapers can cost up to $100 per month for each child. To help bridge that gap, the PDX Diaper Bank will give the diapers directly to partnering social service agencies serving low-income families.
“We really want (Lily) to understand that it’s really important to understand the need in your community and to help out whenever you can and just to take care of each other,” Sally said.
Lilly, she said, has “learned about how good it feels to give back.”
Getting diapers donated can really help parents, Lilly said. “They can spend their money on Christmas gifts for their children instead of diapers,” she said.
Little things like this can have ripple effects that help many, Sally said.
Lily’s friends came to her party and helped with the diaper donations.
“I felt good,” Lily said, “because I was doing the right thing.”