A Logan nonprofit is getting a rather unconventional gift to help local families — 30,000 diapers.
The recent donation from Baby2Baby National Network, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit, will help the Little Lambs Foundation establish Northern Utah’s first “diaper bank.”
“Our hope is that every child be able to be kept warm and dry no matter their situation,” said Little Lambs Executive Director Ted Chalfant.
The program is meant for families below the poverty level, Chalfant said. Food stamps can’t be used to buy disposable diapers, which can cost about $80 a month per child.
“And so we’re now able to provide diapers for children where the families are maybe struggling from paycheck to paycheck — you know, the low-income families that just have to choose, ‘OK, do I put diapers on my child, or do I put food on the table?’” he said.
They've distributed 44,000 diapers locally so far, Chalfant said.
Chalfant said he’s seen a huge increase in need as housing costs have gone up in recent years.
“We’ve had some families that have OK wages, but they’re just struggling because of our high rents,” Chalfant said.
Little Lambs board member Kylie Johnson said that after she started volunteering at the nonprofit as a USU student two years ago, it opened her eyes to the needs of families that often don’t get a lot of attention.
“There’s so much need even just in this valley alone that you would never know about,” Johnson said. “So I just think it’s really cool that we’re able to help these children that are put into these hard circumstances.”
Chalfant and his wife, Stefanee, founded Little Lambs in 2014 to help provide “comfort kits” to kids transitioning into foster care.
Children often don’t have the opportunity to gather their belongings when they’re taken into the system, and the comfort kits include a few basics such as toothbrushes, blankets, books and small toys.
Erica Esplin of Smithfield volunteers with Little Lambs in part because as an adoptee herself, she knows things can be hard for kids.
“They go from infant to 18, and they’ve got nothing, sometimes,” Esplin said. “Sometimes they get a plastic bag, sometimes they go out with nothing and they just get taken away, so all they have are the clothes on their back. And being able to help them is a big thing.”
To help raise funds, Little Lambs has organized a 5K Halloween costume run at Gibbons Park in Nibley on Oct. 27. Registration will begin at 9 a.m., the race will begin at 10, and a kids carnival will open at 10:15. Registration is $25 per adult, but children 12 and under can run for free with a paying adult. To register or for more information, visit www.LittleLambsOfUtah.org/Events.