PALMETTO – The rising cost of goods and services has trickled down to some of the most basic necessities and is impacting families with young children.
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, one in three American families need diapers.
When families in Palmetto discovered a Facebook post about a free diaper reader, they initially thought the post from business owner Rachel Speight Hudson was too good to be true.
Speight says she’s received over 60 messages from moms and dads to book diapers.
Among them was Natasha Mendez, mother of five children. Her youngest is 1 year old. “It’s a humbling experience to need and receive help,” Mendez said.
Alexis Murrell also did a double take when she found the post on social media. “I’m having a boy,” she laughed. In a raffle at the drive, she won diapers for the next six months.
“I’m not working at the moment. I was stressed. So that was a blessing for me,” she added.
The blessing also touched the home of Jim Stokes and his 13-month-old grandson. “We help take care of him, me and my wife for my son,” he said. “No matter how much you earn, regardless of social status, it takes everything to raise a child.”
This is something the organizer of the Hudson event is familiar with. Today, she is a successful businesswoman working in real estate and credit repair.
However, the mother of four will tell you it was not an easy trip. “Wooh, that’s a long story,” she said. According to Hudson, she struggled as a teenage mother. “There were times when I didn’t have diapers,” Hudson said. “There were times when I didn’t have diapers to put on my kids, times when I didn’t have diapers to bring to daycare.”
Hudson spent $ 1000 of his own money for the ride.
“They are always calling asking for more diapers,” said Hudson who has received over 60 messages and is still counting.
Some will be shipped to those without transportation.
“I feel good. I want to start over. I want to give my all,” she said.
Two families have won six-month diapers that will be shipped automatically to their homes by Hudson.
She is planning another workout in the near future.