Mama J’s first annual Diaper Dash, a 5k run/ walk event held at North Topsail Shores Baptist Church in Sneads Ferry was an all-around success. There were no less than forty runners and walkers signed up for the event, and the original goal of 1,500 diapers was reached and surpassed. Race participants were still signing up the day of the race, exchanging packs of diapers and wipes in exchange for a race number.
“I’ll do it again every year,” said Jeanette Lopez who is “Mama J” of Mama J’s Helping Hand, a community outreach program which provides clothing, food (in association with the Sneads Ferry Food Pantry) and baby items. Lopez’s associate, Melissa Oakley, came up with the idea for the event to answer a need for diapers.
“Runs are the biggest fundraisers,” said Oakley. “But instead of an entry fee, we asked for a donation of diapers or wipes.” One participant, Rhett Orozco, was able to give twenty packs of diapers donated by people who sponsored her for the race.
Just before the race started, Lopez was presented with a $500 check from the Rotary Club of Sneads Ferry.
Don Howell, the club’s president said, “Rotarians are people that want to give back to their community. We appreciate what Jeanette is doing in this community and wish to support her efforts.”