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Baby's Bounty Diamond Clover Project a Success!

Lauren French of Montgomery County collected over 10,000 diapers for low-income families for her Diamond Clover Level 6 service project.

Thank you to the 4-H Community for helping me reach my goal of collecting over 10,000 diapers to support Baby's Bounty as part of my Diamond Clover Service Project! It took two trips in a mini-van to deliver all the diapers and the Executive Director, Marisa Nickols, was very appreciative and grateful for all the donations.

Working on this project has shown me how generous people are when you ask them to help out a great cause. All the clubs that allowed me to present my project at their meetings were extremely generous with their donations. They included the Meat Goat Club, Wild West Wranglers, Lucky Clovers, Kids & Dogs, Clarksburg Helping Hands and the Rabbit Club. In total, the 4-H community donated 3624 diapers, with the Meat Goat club and Wild West Wranglers donating the most -- almost 1600 diapers combined! In addition to the generosity of the 4-H clubs, Ms. Patton, leader of the Dairy Goat Club, invited me to present my project at the Rockville Elks Club. They were an extremely 13 kind and generous group who were very supportive and donated over 1600 diapers!

I also received the support of my high school, Our Lady of Good Counsel who allowed me to hold the "Make a Mother's Day" diaper drive over the two weeks before Mother’s Day. The donors placed the name of their mother, or other special person, on a recognition board and they were entered into a drawing to win one of two $50 gift cards, generously donated by Clyde's Tower Oaks Restaurant. The students, faculty and staff donated almost 2000 diapers! Finally, I set up an Amazon Wish List and sent an e-mail to my friends and family asking for donations for this important cause. I got an overwhelming response of almost 3000 diapers and even received hundreds of diapers as presents for my 16th birthday!

In total, 10,183 diapers were collected to help support disadvantaged mothers in Montgomery County. I could not be more grateful for the generosity of all the members of our community. The drive was a grand success but my project is not over yet. I have led my 4-H club in making Baby Blessings Bags, will be volunteering at Baby's Bounty to make Baby Bundles, and helping Baby's Bounty find more funding sources through grants. In addition I submitted an application to Governor Hogan requesting a proclamation for a Diaper Awareness Week in September.

I would like to give one final thank you to the 4-H community for being such an amazing, caring community of people. 

Lauren French, Lucky Clovers 4-H Club

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