Students provide diapers for needy babies

November 28, 2003|ANN R. HARNEY

The students in Gina Waldrop's Danville Christian Academy third grade class delivered more than 4,000 diapers and two buckets of baby wipes to the Pregnancy Resource Center Monday afternoon, earning the honor of delivery because they donated more than any other class in the school.

Vicki Ferrell, the center's director for offices both in Harrodsburg and Danville, said the center, which provides for the physical needs of pregnant women and new mothers, put out the call that it was low on diapers and the school responded.

Asked where they bought the diapers, James Todd shouted out, "Big Lots had a big sale." Other members of the class said they bought them at Wal-Mart, K-mart and other stores in the area.

They weren't used to shopping for diapers, and asked for their first reaction to the request, Emma Howard said, "We laughed."


They must have gotten serious, because the class rounded up 742. No one offered an estimate of how long that would last the typical baby.

The school-wide project was organized by Kathy Howard, the service chairman at the school.

When the project started two weeks ago, the plan was to honor the class that donated the most diapers based on packages. The pupils pointed out that packages contain varied numbers of diapers, so each diaper was counted.

After delivering the diapers to the center, the winning class went back to school and was treated to popcorn and soft drinks.

To show the youngsters where and to whom their donations go, Shakeela Penman of Harrodsburg and Renata Penman and their children were at the center. The two women are cousins. Shakeela Penman brought her two-month-old daughter, Auleria, and Renata Penman brought her two children, 16-month-old son, Hezakyah, and her four-week-old son, Noah.

She began at the center two and a half years ago, a few months before Hezakyah was born, and is continuing with her new infant, a tiny baby born a month premature. He's growing, his mother said. He was 5 pounds, 13 ounces, when he was born and he has grown to 6 pounds, 8 ounces.

Shakeela Penman has made 23 appointments at the center, Marge Anderson, counselor volunteer said Monday. It is the most made by anyone involved with the center so far.

While the center provides diapers, maternity and baby clothing and baby formula, it's not free. Those who benefit from the center have to work at it and their work earns Baby Bucks that can be used to purchase what they need from the center.

Ferrell said that for a person to earn Baby Bucks, they must do at least one of the following:

* Stay in school,

* Take parenting classes at the center,

* Attend prenatal classes,

* Attend church, and,

* Take Bible classes which also are provided by the center.

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