'Happy Bottoms' makes happy parents - KCTV5

'Happy Bottoms' makes happy parents

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LENEXA, KS (KCTV) -

At most daycare centers, parents must provide diapers for their little ones. But if they can't afford diapers, then those children can't attend daycare.

One organization helps fill that gap, making a lot of parents and bottoms happy.

A recently opened Lenexa warehouse is filled with about 250,000 diapers provided by an organization known as Happy Bottoms. But as full as it is, it would only cover about 700 children for one month.

Liz Sutherlin with Happy Bottoms says there are about 4,000 children who need diapers in the Kansas City area.

"No mother wants to have to reuse a diaper and unfortunately that is what happens," said Liz Sutherlin.

Happy Bottoms collects donations and supplies 16 agencies with diapers.

"We are not even scratching the surface for all the children that need our service," said Sutherlin.  "Every family spends about $80 to $100 a month for diapers. We are benefiting from companies like Huggies who donated these you see behind me."

Parents like Rachel Long benefit greatly.

Long was homeless at one point but lives in transitional housing with her 5-month-old daughter. She used cloth diapers for Anari, but without a place to do laundry it became difficult.

"It's extremely hard. You have to make sure they are clean ... find safety pins," said Long.

Sister Berta Sailer at Operation Breakthrough says they provide diapers for their children in day care. Diapers they will now receive from Happy Bottoms. One less expense for a mother working on minimum wage who cannot use food stamps to purchase diapers.

"You can't take a bag of dirty diapers on a city bus," said Sister Berta Sailer. "We've had children come to the center with a pillow case on because mom didn't have any diapers."

Happy Bottoms wants to challenge businesses and organizations to participate in a diaper drive called March Madness. For more information, log on to our website for a link.

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