Generosity Creates Shortage"If folks around Centennial found store shelves a bit empty of Pampers and Huggies in recent weeks, well.... Jay and Stacy Montgomery just completed a drive that amassed 5,109 diapers for Growing Home, a nonprofit organization that feeds families and cares for children. On Tuesday the Montgomerys loaded a truck with their trove and drove it to the charity's headquarters. Talk about thinking outside the bassinet. 'We did this as an alternative to celebrating our son's first birthday,' Stacy said. 'The last thing Seth needs is more toys -- we had him fairly late in life, so he got a lot of hand-me-downs from relatives. But I'd heard how low income families can't afford all the diapers they need, and this seemed like a different way to help. And in tough economic times like these, it also strikes me as the kind of creative approach to giving that goes far beyond writing a check.' So the Montgomerys threw an open house, inviting friends, family, and clients to show up with diapers. The response was overwhelming. Stacy sent out an e-mail announcing the diaper drive, and the e-mail found itself forwarded to people she had never met. Friends told friends and the ball started rolling. 'We got a lot of people involved,' Jay said. 'They all did a little bit and those little bits added up to something substantial.' The couple has found the entire experience profoundly gratifying."
William Porter, Denver Post, Nov. 26, 2008 Community organizing. Sounds like Cancer/Aquarius to me. There are lots of generous people just waiting for leadership and a plan. This is how the incredible Internet can be used to get through economic difficulties and why people with leadership skills are so valuable. Compassionate networking in motion, even though the increased socialism can cause a temporary downturn in supply.:o) The same peckers who moan about the rich can peck for the poor. Just a simple flip of the switch. The good thing about this is not just the people's actions, but the reportage that makes it look so desirable. It all goes together. I still like the local newspaper idea. Perhaps it really is the little bits that make all the difference. Guys and diapers. Who would'a thought?