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Dishing Out Diapers

Montpelier, Vermont - December 4, 2007

The line was long -- but well worth the wait for these folks.

"This is tremendous, any little bit helps," said Amanda Clark, of East Montpelier.

Clark is expecting her first child on Monday -- and already knows how expensive parenthood will be.

"Pretty nerve wracking, you figure with fuel and the cost of living and all of that, diapers are expensive along with formula and everything else," Clark said.

That's why Clark and hundreds of other folks braved the cold temperatures Tuesday morning -- for free diapers.

"In spite of the weather, they're coming from Hardwick, Middlebury, St. Albans, Burlington area, so it's great," said Sara Nevin, of Good Beginnings of Central Vermont.

The non-profit Good Beginnings of Central Vermont was given over 250,000 factory second diapers from the Burlington based company Seventh Generation. The organization -- which helps new parents in the area -- kept some diapers for its clients, the rest were handed out to the community.

"Free diapers means good things for a lot of low-income families," said Cassidy Renfrew, of Hardwick.

"These diapers are really high quality but they're also extremely expensive. I believe one of the boxes is 70 bucks so it's pretty great to be able to give people who can't even afford regular diapers an opportunity to get some for free," said Suki Ciappara, of Montpelier.

It's estimated that the average family will spend almost $2,000 a year on disposable diapers.

Each person who waited in line was given two 40-diaper packages -- it would cost about $30 in a grocery store.

Folks representing daycares or other non-profits were given more.

"Even though it's only two packs, it's a week, I don't know, it's my first child, I don't know how long it will last, but anything is better than nothing," Clark said.

A welcome gift for hundreds of parents -- that will certainly come in handy.

Beth Parent - WCAX News

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