Debi Rucker is urging schools, churches and businesses to host diaper drives to help fill the need.
- VOLUNTEERS IN THE NEWS
- D'Ann White
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In the past six months, hundreds of needy moms have received free diapers for their babies and toddlers, courtesy of the FishHawk Ranch-based nonprofit, Blessed Bottoms. But the need continues to grow. That's why founder Debi Rucker is urging churches, schools and businesses to host diaper drives this summer. Realizing that many mothers were struggling just to feed their children, much less purchase diapers for them, Rucker started Blessed Bottoms in December. Since then, she and volunteers have distributed more than 42,000 diapers to partner organizations including LifeCare of Brandon, which helps women facing crisis pregnancies; A Kid's Place of Brandon, which serves neglected and abused children; and Seeds of Hope, a food bank at Lamb …
The charity was started by a FishHawk Ranch mom intent on collecting diapers for moms too poor to purchase them for their babies.
- VALENTINE'S DAY GUIDE
- D'Ann White
Monday, February 6, 2012
It was an impromptu conversation with a neighbor in October that got the ball rolling for Debi Rucker. "The neighbor's sister runs the Detroit Area Diaper Bank and he was telling me about the great need for diapers. My heart just went out to this women," said the FishHawk Ranch mother age two, ages 2 and 6. "I've been fortunate. I've never had to struggle to buy diapers for my children. And it broke my heart to think of the mothers out there who can't buy diapers," she said. "It's often overlooked. No one really thinks about the cost of diapers but my eyes were opened to it. Rucker did a bit of research and was astounded to discover there was no diaper bank in Tampa Bay similar to the one in the Detroit area. "So, with the support of my …