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Naples woman, volunteers helping to fight recent baby supply shortages

One Naples woman is helping fight recent baby supply shortages. Together with volunteers in gloves and masks, they’re continuing to provide parents with much-needed diapers.

“They want the best for their children just like I did,” said Jean Ann Lynch. “There’s huge depression in families that can’t provide diapers for their families…just so many side effects.”

That’s why Lynch helps hundreds of Southwest Florida families through her “Baby Basics” diaper delivery.

“We’ve been able to maintain this program in Collier County for almost 17 years,” she said. “We order diapers by tractor-load through Sam’s Club to be able to distribute the diapers to our 525 babies.”

Using pick-up locations to provide parents like Kristina Thomas with supplies and support.

“My son in the wheelchair is Justin Thomas and he was born with Spina Bifida,” she said. “Anything I needed they found somebody who was willing to go up and beyond the diapers distribution and get what we needed.”

Brittani Rookstool relied on Baby Basics for all three of her children and is relieved COVID-19 hasn’t halted their services.

“It’s a huge asset to rely on at this point because I can’t guarantee when I can go to the store to pick up a package of diapers, whereas they have that available to me and I don’t have to take the time to lug three children to the store and try to explain to them not to touch anything,” Rookstool said.

“Families need a sense of community, a sense that someone cares about them and their children,” Lynch said.

Clothing children with diapers and kindness to get through the crisis.

Baby Basics now has affiliates all over the country. They’ve distributed more than nine million diapers.

For more information on Baby Basics, click here.

Reporter:Melinda Lee
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