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Yearbook class collects $1,000 for diapers to moms in need

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By Matt Gunn

Sometimes it’s the simplest — or most basic — needs that go overlooked.

A group of eighth-grade yearbook students at Falcon Bluffs Middle School sought to help others during the holidays. While they could have done a canned food or clothing drive, the students settled on something often overlooked in the spirit of giving: diapers.

The end result was about $1,000 in diapers donated to mothers through Catholic Charities.

“We got the idea on a Friday, and we had all the posters and everything up on Tuesday,” said Samantha Tilson.

Tilson, who turns 14 next month, said she got the idea from her mother, Susan Niner, when the class was looking to help someone different.

“She gave me the idea because you can’t buy diapers with any type of governmental assistance,” Tilson said.

The class asked school-wide for donations. A hat day fund-raiser earned the yearbook students $213.20.

A call for donations on Falcon Bluffs’ outdoor message board helped too.

“It was the week of Thanksgiving that we did it, so it was kind of a kickoff to the holiday season,” said Marta Metzler, who teaches the yearbook class.

The class credited the community’s immediate response for making the diaper drive so successful.

“It’s just a happy little story,” Metzler said.

The students did everything from making announcements and posters to picking the charity.

Metzler and the school counselors loaded the diapers into vans and delivered them to the charity group.

“It’s a Catholic charity organization,” Metzler said. “It’s for people who are displaced, who are abused.”

The Father Ed Judy House, part of the Denver Archdiocese Catholic Charities, is a transitional group-housing program for single mothers and pregnant women. The short-term program helps women secure stable, long-term housing and aims to help them become more self-sufficient.

The program offers many services for women, including employment services and support groups.

For the yearbook students, donating to the Father Ed Judy House meant knowing they did something kind — and practical — for single, homeless mothers.

“I guess what I’d really like to say is, ‘Thanks to our community,’ ” Metzler said.

Contact Matt Gunn at matt@evergreenco.com. Visit www.columbinecourier.com.