February 29th, 2024

baby with diaperROBERT PIERCE
• Leader & Times


KJIL and KHYM are making a splash by teaming up with area water parks to help crisis pregnancy centers help families in need of supplies for their babies.

The effort is part of the radio stations’ “Great Diaper Roundup,” and one of the events will take place July 28 at Liberal’s Adventure Bay Water Park.

Proceeds from that event will benefit Birthline of Liberal, and after hosting last year’s Roundup event at the center on South Clay, Birthline Director Cheryl Valdez inquired about possibly using the water park for this year’s edition.

“When they contacted me back in April and asked me if I wanted to participate, I said, ‘Yes, but could we do it at the water park in Liberal?’” she said. “It’s set up finally. That’s what we’re going to do.”

From 1 to 7 p.m. July 28, people will be able to enjoy free swimming at the pool just for a donation to Birthline. Valdez said despite the event’s name, other donations are welcome in addition to diapers.

“I don’t want people to think they’re obligated to just bring diapers,” she said. “We’ll keep other donations if they want to bring something else or just monetary donations as well. Sometimes, people would rather do that than do diapers.”

Valdez said diapers up to size 2 will be taken, as will other items infants need.

“Baby items, if they wanted to do baby wipes, we do baby wipes, baby socks,” she said. “We give receiving blankets, just things that they feel like a baby would need.”

All items collected from this year’s Great Diaper Roundup will be used for Birthline to help women and children in Liberal and the surrounding area.

Valdez said items provided by Birthline are for babies up to 12 months of age, and those items include diapers, plus clothes, formula and baby food. 

The free day of swimming is provided by United Wireless. Valdez said last year’s roundup went well, and she said with the addition of time in the pool, she hopes this year’s will be even better.

“Last year, we got a lot of diapers,” she said. “In fact, we still have some left. We didn’t have as much turnout last year, but I think this year might be better since it’s at the water park and there’ll be swimming.”

Another contributing factor to the added hope for this year’s roundup, Valdez said, is the additional advertising being done for the event.

As for items Birthline gives to its clients, Valdez said prenatal vitamins are always a big necessity, along with receiving blankets.

“Girls who test positive always get a bag with a receiving blanket, a pair of socks, prenatal vitamins and literature we provide,” she said. “A lot of times, we have girls that maybe need a crib, and I don’t have one. If we do get monetary donations, that helps to purchase items we don’t have on hand.”

Birthline also recently wrapped up its annual baby bottle project, in which people can fill baby bottles with pennies as a way to help fund the agency’s services. That finished June 17.

Valdez said free swimming should encourage everyone to come out for this year’s Great Diaper Roundup.

“I will be out there,” she said. “I don’t know how long I’ll be out there. If they have questions, they can always come talk to me. If you have any questions, call Birthline. It’s on Facebook.”

Birthline is located at 3 S. Clay Ave. in Liberal. They can be reached through phone at 620-626-6763, and there is also a 24-hour emergency line at 800-848-LOVE. They can likewise be found on Facebook.

Other roundup events include ones in Dodge City, Guymon, Okla., Garden City, Woodward, Okla., and Lamar, Colo., and KJIL and KHYM officials are asking that everyone bring diapers and other donations to pregnancy centers in the Heartland.

For more information about roundup events, go to www.kjil991.com.