How does a windfall of 3,000 cloth diapers for newborns in Alaska assist families in rural Nicaragua? Simple. Just ask a Lion.
Linda Covert Mosier of the Kodiak Lions acquired the diapers knew they would be of great value in the developing world where disposable diapers are tremendously expensive and not available for the poor.
She states. “I could not bear putting them in the landfill or tearing them up for cleaning cloths; I was determined to find them a home.” Mosier contacted Walt Hays of the Mt. McKinley Lions who serves the International Relations Chair for District 49A. Walt been active for the past ten years in assisting mission and humanitarian projects around the world – coordinating shipments of Lions recycled eyeglasses, providing canes for the blind, refurbished laptop computer for students and raising funds for a hand-cranked, PET mobility cart that serves the world’s disabled.
Walt shared the information about the diapers with the Container Project in Columbia, MO that sends three to four 40’ containers loads of supplies (medicines, school desks, sewing machines wheel chairs, clothing) each year to an NGO, the Rainbow Network, that serves 112 communities in Nicaragua. Over the past 20 years, Rainbow Network has provided health care and nutrition, education (over 400 schools), economic development and housing (1,000 concrete block homes) – all based on a self- help model with indigenous leadership. The response was a resounding YES; we can use the shipment and washable diapers will be a great blessing to these families.
Brian Sproat (USCG ret) and Past Pres of the Kodiak Lions worked on the logistics. Brian shares, “The needs of kids world-wide have a special place in the hearts of Lions. We had several hundred pounds of these diapers –worth at least $4,000; my task was to get them on their way.” I contacted a friend, Luke Smith of LS Construction who just happened to be traveling to Anchorage with his pickup (empty) via the ferry. Luke delivered to load to be stored at St. John United Methodist Church until the trip to Missouri. Luke states, “I was only too happy to help. Lions are a great group of men and women – the very heartbeat of our community. This is just another example of the many ways they serve – here and around the world.”
The diapers will travel to the Northwest in April courtesy of Ron McFarlin Trucking, another business that has assisted Lions with their humanitarian work.
Walt Hays adds, “In a few months we look forward to seeing photos of the moms and kids who are the benefactors of this very special gift. This project, like so many others undertaken by Alaskan Lions affirms that ‘Where there is a need, there is a Lion.’”
Caption for Photo: John Meyn, Plant Supervisor of St. John United Methodist Church (l), Walt Hays of the Mt. McKinley Lions© and Luke Smith of LS Construction (r) unload several hundred pounds of cloth diapers for newborns bound for rural Nicaragua, a gift of the Kodiak Lions Club . Photo: Dexter Smith.