People are encouraged to start collecting packages of diapers in anticipation of the Diaper Dash.
The Hermiston Church of the Nazarene is hosting the event for the sixth year as a way to provide a basic need for parents in the community.
The Diaper Dash is Saturday, March 7 at 9 a.m. Registration begins at 8 a.m. — the “fee” is a package of diapers.
Dawn Kennison-Kerrigan said the unique event was created after a group of teens approached the church’s pastor, Rev. Eric Fritz, inquiring about ways they could help people in the community.
Somehow, the idea of diapers came up — and the Diaper Dash was born.
Providing diapers, Kennison-Kerrigan said, is a practical way to help ease a burden in times of need. They are distributed to single moms and dads, parents, grandparents and local agencies.
The 5K and 10K fun run/walk begins and ends at the church, at 1520 W. Orchard Ave. The route goes through Riverfront Park, along the Oxbow Trail and down 11th Street.
A goal of 15,000 diapers has been set — last year’s event was just shy of the 10,000 mark.
Donations will be distributed through various organizations throughout the year.
Also, organizers indicate that sizes 4-6 are the greatest need, as well as some pull-ups.