The Quincy Kiwanis Club collected over 5,000 diapers during their community Diaper Drive - titled "No More Red Bottoms" led by Kim Gay from Talquin Electric and Travia Cromartie from Big Bend Hospice.
From December 2013 through March 2014 the club members focused their energies on communicating this project throughout the Quincy community. The Diaper Dump project was launched by the Governor's wife, Florida District of Kiwanis who set a state goal of 750,000 diapers to be collected. The Quincy Club is one of the smallest clubs and was very proud to contribute over 5,000 diapers to this worthy project.
Several local businesses served as drop off sites including Capital City Bank, Focus Credit Union, Talquin Electric and Big Bend Hospice. Angela Sapp led a major one-week initiative through the Gadsden County Schools and collected over 1,400 diapers from East Gadsden High School, Gadsden Elementary Magnet School, George W. Munroe Elementary, Gretna Elementary, and St. John Elementary School.
Superintendent James and staff members from the Gadsden County School Board enthusiastically participated as well.
A baby shower-themed luncheon was held on April 9th to celebrate the end of the drive wherein the diapers were formally donated to two community partners that serve the Gadsden County area. The recipients of the diapers and baby gifts were The Quincy Refuge House and The Gadsden Pregnancy Center located in Havana. Dr. Eric Erskine, Board President, and Carol Hutcheson, Acting Director, the Gadsden County Pregnancy Center; and Hilda Little, Regional Director and Amelia Griggs, Quincy Refuge House, represented each organization. Many of our low-income families struggle daily to provide dry diapers for their babies. The Quincy Refuge House and Pregnancy Center are constantly called upon to assist them and most of the time the demand is difficult to meet.