6 million diapers give Baby Basics cause for a concert
Moving 6 million units would be a milestone for any company, but local nonprofit Baby Basics decided such an event is worthy of a community celebration. This year, the group is hosting a concert with Naples Philharmonic performers to thank locals for their support in providing that number of diapers to area families in need.
The concert at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 12, at Naples United Church of Christ will bring together performers including saxophonist Lew Del Gatto and trumpeter Dan Miller, vocalist Rebecca Richardson, flautist Leelo Basham, violinist Glenn Basham, cellist Adam Satinsky, the Naples Philharmonic Youth Jazz Band and the church’s sanctuary choir.
All of the artists are donating their time and talent, and Shula’s Steakhouse has kicked in a complementary cocktail party with hors d’oeuvres, beer and wine for VIP ticketholders and those who purchase premiere concert seating. The postconcert party takes place from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Shula’s at the Hilton Naples.
Neapolitan Jean Ann Lynch founded Baby Basics in her northern home of Ridgewood, N.J., in 1990 to provide diapers to low-income, working parents, allowing them a little more cash to feed and shelter themselves and their children. Baby Basics now has affiliate organizations throughout the country, including the local chapter, which has grown to include 10 distribution sites in Naples and Bonita Springs.
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, diapers can cost families an average of $100 a month. In low-income homes, parents often have to spend more than that because they only have enough cash to purchase small quantities at a time, Mrs. Lynch says.
In addition, many people don’t realize that a household that depends on two working parents cannot go the thrifty route with cloth diapers, as they are not permitted in licensed daycare facilities. Parents often have to stretch the supplies of disposable diapers they do have, often resulting in diaper rash and a hygiene problem for their children.
She estimates that in 2016, the local chapter helped about 435 families.
The recipients are always grateful, Mrs. Lynch says, and find wonderful ways to express their thanks. One example is a young family with twins whose father was back in school. Money was tight, and they qualified for Baby Basics to supply the children diapers. Years later, when they had left the program, the couple reimbursed the program for the estimated amount it spent diapering their twins.
To receive diaper assistance, families must be working and not receiving cash assistance. Mrs. Lynch suspects the number of local families needing help and qualifying for it is increasing.
The benefit will also be a great opportunity for people who want to volunteer with Baby Basics to find out more about the program and how they can help.
Tickets are $35 for general admission and $100 for VIP admission. To purchase tickets, call United Church of Christ at 261-5469 or visit www.naplesucc.org.
For more information about Baby Basics, visit www.babybasicscollier.org. ¦