ASHLAND Eat your heart out Dick Vitale.
Meet Ashland’s Diaper Dandies: Madeline Tipton and Britta Dalton, a pair of seniors at Paul G. Blazer High School who decided to make a difference in the community.
While Vitale’s reference to Diaper Dandies is college freshmen basketball players, Ashland’s Diaper Dandies deal with, well, diapers.
The girls held a two-hour diaper drive Saturday and within two minutes – that’s right, two minutes – reached their goal of 2,500 diapers.
“It was kind of amazing and surreal,” said Tipton. “They kept on coming and in two minutes we were there.”
Before the day was finished, the girls had collected 10,021 diapers that will be donated to Two Hearts Pregnancy Care Center on Monday.
Two Hearts Pregnancy Center is an organization that offers help to women facing unplanned pregnancies.
“We really tried hard to spread the word,” Tipton said. “People were so generous. Part of it was that it was going to such a good organization in the community.”
Tipton said some dropped them off at a makeshift drive-thru at the Second Freewill Baptist Church. Others got out of their cars and visited the girls.
“I had a lot of mothers come up and say they had to choose diapers over other necessities when they had their babies,” Tipton said. “It’s something you need but is so expensive.”
The 2,500 total was based on what the average baby uses in a year.
After two hours, they had collected four times the goal with more promised on Sunday.
“It was nice to see how many people out in the community around here wanted to help,” Tipton said. “It made us feel good about where we live.”
She said announcements were made at South Ashland United Methodist Church, where she attends, and her grandparents’ church, Second Freewill Baptist Church.
Tipton said the idea came to her in English class during a discussion about what the students could do to help the community. Tipton’s mother works at a pediatrics office and she has told her that there are many patients that are unable to afford diapers since they can be expensive.
“One of our teachers (Amber Chapman) send an email to everybody in the Ashland Independent School system about the drive,” Tipton said. “That didn’t hurt any.”
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