Diapers

Nearly 10,000 diapers were collected during the 2019 Diaper Dash at the Hermiston Church of the Nazarene. In its sixth year, organizers are hoping to collect 15,000 diapers during the March 7 event.

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.

For more information, contact 541-567-3677, hermistonnaz@gmail.com, visit www.hermistonnazarene.org or search Facebook.

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