Diaper Dash!

Hope Connections is getting the word out about a serious issue across Texoma.

Hope Connections, an organization born out of the Social Work Department at Midwestern State University, are addressing a widespread need in Wichita Falls: a diaper bank!

Representatives from the organization told Newschannel 6 moms are in crisis in Wichita Falls, making difficult decisions between food or diapers for their young children. Neither W.I.C. nor Food Stamps cover the cost of diapers, so for some people, the cost of diapers is even more overwhelming, especially if they do not own a washer or dryer to use cloth diapers.

MSU students in the department organized various events to collect diapers, including a garage sale where Texomans were asked to pay for their purchases in diapers. The fundraiser was held Saturday at University United Methodist Church on Taft Boulevard and Midwestern Parkway. Organizers raised about $800 at the event!

Students will continue to collect diapers for the cause until October 1.

They have recruited numerous organizations to compete to collect the most diapers in order to get a pizza party. Area Girl Scouts are still competing for this cause.

People who wish to donate can still do so at the Girl Scouts Office in Wichita Falls.

On October 1, the collected diapers will be inventoried, then dispensed to local agencies that serve children in temporary care, including: Rainbow House, First Step, Faith Refuge, Children's Aid Society, and Inheritance Adoptions.

Organizers hope, if they attract enough attention and collect enough diapers, they will create a more permanent diaper bank where Texoma parents in need can come in crisis situations and pick up emergency supplies.

Leigh Anne Hope, a visiting professor of Social Work at MSU and advisor of Hope Connections, along with several other representatives from the organization, joined us live on Newschannel 6 Sunday Morning. To watch their interview, play the video above.