When poor parents can’t afford diapers, babies wear dirty diapers longer

BBCC_MSN_articleThey are the first line of defense against infection and disease — and are even linked to preventing depression and violence.

Desperate people will sometimes steal to get them.

No, this is not a story about illicit pills or drug abuse. It’s about disposable diapers, an item the poor need desperately.

Researchers are starting to realize “diaper need” not only causes obvious health problems for children, but leads to depression in moms and poor social and developmental outcomes for the child — even child abuse.

It is estimated that disposable diapers can cost up to $100 a month for one baby. On average, a newborn goes through eight to 10 diapers a day, said Melinda Ohlemiller, CEO of Nurses for Newborns.

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Baby Basics Thanks BNY Mellon for Their Support!


BNY Mellon’s Preston Came presented a check for $1000 to Jean Ann Lynch President of Baby Basics. BNY Mellon is one of the sponsors for the Annual Fashion Show which was held at Dillard’s on November 11. This is the third year in which BNY Mellon has generously sponsored this event.

Last year the Fashion Show was attended by over 160 women who were treated to a delicious brunch and a fabulous fashion parade. Dillard’s also provides a 10% discount on all store merchandise and then gave 10% of all the shopping proceeds back to Baby Basics. We are most grateful to our generous sponsors.

Poor Moms’ Anguish Over Diaper Costs

6C8419596-g-130728-cvr-diapers-3p.blocks_desktop_smallNBC News Health published and article addressing everything we have been saying for 21 years about the Baby Basics program.  You may have seen this article but if not please read it and send it to everyone you know. We had the antidotal information and they just justified it in a study. The study was done by Yale and the National Diaper Network which we have been working with. It certainly speaks to the issues we see at our distributions. Thank you so much for your support of our program.

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Heroes in Healthcare Honors Baby Basics

April 12, 2013 Heroes in Healthcare: Jean Ann Lynch, Founder and Board President of Baby Basics of Collier County. Her organization helps provide the basics for baby care to families in need.

From naplesdailynews.com – Photo by Gordon Campbell/Special to the Daily News.


Vanderbilt Country Club Hosts 7th Annual Dining for Diapers

Vanderbilt Country Club hosted the 7th annual Dining for Diapers. Guests went to private homes for wine and appetizers then met at the Club for dinner and dancing to the music of local singing artist Daniel Melvin. All the delicious food was donated by local restaurants.. Vanderbilt CC members have raised over$45,000 for Baby Basics at the Dining for Diapers Events.

Click here or on the image to the left to see a Smilebox slideshow of images from Dining for Diapers.

Thank You Volunteers!

Thanks to the many hands that helped to move over 200,496 diapers to six different distribution sites for Baby Basics. These wonderful volunteers worked hard so that 315 babies each month can have the diapers they need for the next four months. A special thanks to Mimi Skilling who quietly works behind the scenes figuring out how many diapers to order, where they go and also keeping track of which sites need what sizes. We could not do the program without her skillful assistance. Again Vanderbilt volunteers step up to do a huge job with humor and care for others.

BNY Mellon Supports Baby Basics Annual Fashion Show


BNY Mellon’s Preston Came presented a check for $1000 to Jean Ann Lynch President of Baby Basics. BNY Mellon is one of the sponsors for the Annual Fashion Show which was held at Dillard’s on November 12. This is the second year in which BNY Mellon has generously sponsored this event.

The Fashion Show was attended by over 160 women who were treated to a delicious brunch and a fabulous fashion parade. Dillard’s also provides a 10% discount on all store merchandise and then gave 10% of all the shopping proceeds back to Baby Basics. We are most grateful to our generous sponsors.

Good News For Baby Basics

Baby Basics of Collier County would like to send a big thank you to all of our supporters!  Recently we have been blessed with these generous gifts and grants allowing us to serve even more babies in need.

Diaper Donations:

A big thank you to the National Diaper Bank network for facilitating the first shipment of free diapers from Kimberly-Clark. We received 1000 diapers which provided diapers to 22 babies for a month. That is a good start and we are hoping to receive more in the next quarter.

The supply was sent directly to Steve Stresen-Reuter of Precast by Design in Bonita. Steve is the generous man who helps us move all the diapers to our distribution areas twice a year. Thanks Steve. We are grateful to generosity of Huggies (a Kimberly-Clark brand) and K.I.D.S. Organization who delivered the diapers to us.

Grants received:

The following grant money will allow us to add 15 new babies to the program and create some very special social connection time at each distribution site. We will do a education program and a community building program with refreshments.

  • $10,000 from Trinity by the Cove
  • $10,000 from Naples United Church of Christ plus and additional $2,400 from NUCC from the Mother’s Day offering
  • $1,000 from Sam’s Club


The Gift of Giving

In a community dedicated to extravagant charity events and gracious contributions, one local woman revolutionized her son’s birthday party into a successful fundraiser. Stephanie of Naples donated over fifteen cases of diapers to Baby Basics of Collier County after organizing her son’s first birthday celebration.

Through her strong desire to help surrounding community members, Stephanie asked each guest to bring diapers and other infant items in lieu of gifts for her son, Micah. “Our kids don’t need anything and the gift of helping someone else is so much more than receiving materialistic items,” Stephanie explained.

Guests warmly responded to the creative invitation that stated, “Look who is one, come celebrate and have some fun, bring diapers too to help cover some buns!” Every guest arrived with arms full of contributions and left with a gift of their own: the powerful fulfillment of giving. Through selfless support from friends and family, Stephanie helped to provide early childhood essentials to numerous Collier County residents.

When Stephanie stumbled upon Baby Basics of Collier County in a local magazine, she realized how inexpensive it can be to lend a helping hand. “We live in an area where fundraising is often a social event that costs hundreds of dollars, if not thousands, to simply attend. I read about Baby Basics and realized we could contribute, make some sort of difference, and not have to pay to do so,” Stephanie explains. Stephanie made

Lending a helping hand is a characteristic that Stephanie hopes to instil upon her children. “Children only know what they are exposed to and if we can make giving a norm for them, they will leave Earth knowing a lot,” Stephanie explains. Stephanie’s two older sons, Logan and Maddox, enjoyed collecting diapers during Micah’s party that they plan on repeating the theme for their parties later this year.

Stephanie’s revolutionary fundraising idea exposes the simplicity and ease of making an impact on an individual’s life. She expressed, “I would encourage anyone to lend 5 minutes of their day, or whatever money they could spare towards helping others, because they in turn will be rewarded with the great feeling of helping someone out.” Through simple donations and community support, additional families can be provided with child necessities.

Bonita Baby Basics

Bonita Baby Basics , located at The Salvation Army on Old 41, has completed its eighteenth month of distribution of diapers to the mothers and children in our program.

The picture above shows many of the mothers and children listening to nurse Nordia Miranda giving home safety advice during the monthly lesson. For this lesson, a member of the Friends of the Salvation Army donated electrical outlet covers and cupboard ties for every family. Each month, Nordia and Joanne Herrada, the Bonita Springs Case Manager, choose a lesson that they feel would be helpful to the mothers. The last few lessons have been on car and car seat safety and summer safety tips. The mothers so appreciate the diapers, wipes, and information that we give them.

At this point, we service thirteen mothers and 14 babies from Bonita Springs on a monthly basis. We look forward to the continued joint effort of Baby Basics and The Salvation Army, with special thanks to The Friends of the Salvation Army for their support.

Janet Gainey & Linda Rupp

Site Managers BB/SA


Commissioner Jim Coletta Honors Baby Basics

Commissioner Jim Coletta (pictured to the right with Jean Ann Lynch), presented a plaque to Baby Basics in honor of their commitment and contribution to the community.

The honor was bestowed on Baby Basics at the cocktail reception at Waterside Shops prior to the choral event at Naples United Church.

Thank you to Commissioner Coletta for recognizing all the good Baby Basics does for the communities babies in need.

Third Biking / Walking Challenge a Great Success

photo-9One hundred and seventy-five adults and children found the weather perfect to begin a morning of riding and walking for the Third annual Baby Basics Biking and Walking Challenge.  Long distance riders began the day early with a wonderful snack donated by Mc Donald’s and then were off to ride 75 km, 50 km and 25 km.  The inside the park riders road their way around the North Collier Regional Park just before the many walkers began about 10:00.

Many participants solicited sponsorships from their friends and all the donations will go directly to purchase diapers for the 300 plus babies in the Baby Basics program.  Dick and Diane Jordan raised $3000 to benefit the babies.  Congratulations.  It was a great day and Baby Basics will be able to provide diapers to over 60 babies for one year with the profits from this Event.  Over the last three years the Event has raised over $75,000.

AJ Kennedy provided entertainment by making wonderful animals out of balloons.  Our Honorary Chairperson, Commissioner Jim Coletta enjoyed the day meeting the participants and learning more about the program.  We are grateful for his support and attendance.

Wynn’s Catering generously provided lunch.  It was delicious and as the participants returned they were able to share lunch together at the wonderful facilities at the Park.

We are grateful to our Sponsors.  Our premier sponsor, The Johnson Meland Group at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney; our gold sponsors, Naples Daily News, The Journal, and Arthrex.  We are also grateful to Best of Everything, Devoe Cadillac, the Optimist Club and M & I Bank.

We are also grateful to the Collier County Parks and Recreation Dept. and the staff at Max Hasse Park.

Click below for more great pictures from the event.

Baby Basics Article from NDN

Baby Basics founder JeanAnn Lynch was recently featured in an article by Jean Amodea exclusive to NDN about all the good Baby Basics does for struggling working families here in SWFL.  Please click here to read the article on NaplesNews.com

Baby Basics Helps Vermont Families Isolated by Hurricane Irene

When the rains from hurricane Irene swept through, devastated and isolated much of Vermont, the neighbors-helping-neighbors spirit included aid for many area babies and their families, and that help had a Naples connection.

“Irene pretty much destroyed the small town of Deerfield Village,” said Jean Ann Lynch, a seasonal Naples resident who, along with her husband Dick, was at their Wilmington, Vermont home when Irene struck.

“For two weeks there were no roads to the community,” she said.  “Twenty eight families were left homeless and many more lost pretty much everything they owned.  There were more than 920 applications for help to FEMA from businesses and families in the county.”

Among those needing help were the five babies regularly swerved by Baby Basics of the Deerfield Valley, as well as other children and their families left without a source of diapers or support, and Lynch was the perfect person to help out.

Lynch founded the very first Baby Basics in Ridgewood, New Jersey, in 1992.  Since then 13 additional programs have been established nationwide, including the Deerfield Valley program about 10 years ago, as well as Baby Basics of Collier County in 2004.

Baby Basics provides free diapers for the children of working families.  None of the families in the program receive federal or state cash assistance.  Most have incomes too high to qualify for assistance, but too low to easily afford diapers for the regular changes needed to assure a healthy and happy baby.

In Collier County, Baby Basics provides diapers and support to some 300 families.  Funding is through a series of volunteer coordinated events. Upcoming events include a November 12 Casino Night at Lely County Club sponsored by the Mid-Day Optimists.

“After Irene came through Vermont, I realized that not only did the Baby Basics children need help, but also other infants in the area,” said Lynch.  Along with Sue and Bob Reynen, Vermont neighbors and also Naples seasonal residents, Lynch and her husband set up an emergency diaper distribution program for the Baby Basics clients as well as 22 other children from the area.

“Also, as with all Baby Basics programs, we provided support for the families who came for the diapers, and set up a Mom and Child play group for those families,” she said.  “That program will continue for at least another seven months, and all the participants will receive a monthly supply of diapers.”

“Irene was a tragedy for many of the people in the area,” said Lynch, “but hopefully out of this tragedy will come something that will provide hope and support long into the future.”

This article appeared in the North Naples Journal October 2011 edition.


Baby Basics Opens Seventh Distribution Site

Ann Schein knows that babies with clean diapers are healthier and happier and as the newest site manager for Baby Basics, she’s doing her part to make that happen for a lot more Collier County children.

Baby Basics of Collier County provides free diapers for infants of the working poor. This month, the Naples United Church of Christ became the seventh distribution point for the organization.  Schein, a member of the NUCC congregation, previously had been an assistant manager at the Baby Basics YMCA site.

“We’ve got two babies that we’re servicing here at the church now, but we expect that we’ll be providing diapers for as many as 50 families before long,” said Schein.  “We’ll draw from the area near the church, as well as from other sites which may be at or over their capacity.”

Jean Ann Lynch, who founded the local Baby Basics in 2004, and the original Baby Basics chapter in Ridgewood, New Jersey in 1992, said the NUCC will be providing both the site and the funds to supply up to 50 babies with diapers.

The community service is part of the church’s mission work, said Schein, and Lynch said she hopes that other local churches will also become part of the Baby Basics network.

“We’re really grateful to the church, and to the Rev. Ron Paterson, the pastor, as well as the church’s Board of Missions and the Bargain Box,” said Lynch.

Currently Baby Basics supplies diapers to almost 350 children, whose families pick up the diapers twice a month at one of the seven distribution centers.  To be eligible, one parent must be working and the family cannot be receiving any state or federal assistance.

Baby Basics is supported solely by donations and fund raising events.  Upcoming events include:

• The Baby Basics Patron Party, December 4 at 5:30 p.m. at Windstar Country Club. Tickets are $250 per couple and include one ticket to the fashion show to be held on December 7.  A Patron table of eight will receive preferred seating at the Fashion Show.

• The Baby Basics Fashion Show on December 7 at 11:30 a.m. at the Naples Sailing and Yacht Club.  Fashions will for the holiday season and beyond will be presented by Kay’s on the Beach and the $75 ticket includes lunch and a cocktail. The cost for the Fashion Show is $75.00 per ticket

• Charity Tuesday at Shula’s on January 10, sponsored by the Naples News Journals, where a portion of the night’s proceeds will benefit Baby Basics.

• The Biking and Walking Challenge will be held February 11, 2012, at the North Collier Regional Park.  This is the Baby Basics primary fund raising event of the year.

“Each of the events is so important,” said Lynch.  “Except for donations specifically provided for administrative costs, 100% of all donations are used to buy diapers.  Without the donations, and without our volunteers, we really couldn’t do this.”

This article appeared in the North Naples Journal November 2011 edition.






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