TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - A 15-year-old's vision for charity will come to life May 3 with a Diaper Dash 5K in Marana, providing thousands of diapers for those in need in Southern Arizona.
The creator is Devan Ashcraft. He wanted to come up with a unique idea for his Eagle Scout project. Devan and his parents took the idea to the Town of Marana, and the first "Diaper Dash: Run, Walk, Crawl" was born.
Devan hopes that, even if people can't participate, they may still bring diapers to donate.
"I am hoping that enough people will bring diapers to help meet the huge need in Southern Arizona," Devan said.
Devan says that, after his little brother was born, he realized how expensive diapers are. He began to wonder how low-income families could manage to afford them.
One-third of American mothers reported that they did not have enough diapers. The average cost of diapers for one child in one month is $100. Some families reported choosing between buying diapers or buying food.
With help from Troop 223 and members of his congregation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Devan, a Marana High freshman, hopes to pull together a successful event that can make a difference.
The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona distributed just under 650,000 diapers last year. The estimated need is near 1.5 million diapers annually in Southern Arizona, according to a news release.
Registration for the Diaper Dash will be held on Sat. May 3, from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. The race begins at 8 a.m. at Gladden Farms Community Park, located at 12250 N. Tangerine Road in Marana.
The cost to register is one or more new packages of diapers, ideally in the sizes 4, 5,6, 3T, 4T and adult sizes.
For more information about the Diaper Dash 5K, visit https://www.facebook.com/events/756869147671218/.
Tolearn more about the Diaper Bank and where diapers can be donated throughoutthe year, go to www.diaperbank.org.