Letters to the Editor, Dec. 10-12, 2014
Diapers: A Surprising Luxury
When Shannon Buist moved to Park City, it didn’t take long for her to start giving back to the community. After hearing about the dire need for diapers while donating to a local woman’s shelter she delved into researching the need for diapers and the issues surrounding the need. After learning the need for diapers nationwide is surprisingly urgent, she discovered her new mission. Ever since, has been a one-woman force for good by tackling the enormous need that all parents can relate to. Shannon Buist founded Dry Baby Bums in 2014 and has been raising money for and collecting diapers. One of her primary outlets in Park City is the Christian Center’s Food Pantry and Emergency Assistance program. This year alone, Shannon has donated over 6,000 diapers to the Christian Center!
For too many parents here in Park City and Summit County, diapers are a luxury that they cannot afford. On many days, there will be individuals and families who come into the Christian Center’s Food Pantry and sheepishly ask if we happened to have extra diapers by any chance. When they hear that we do have diapers available to them, there have been tears of joy in response. Now that the Christian Center has been receiving Shannon’s amazing contribution of diapers, the word has quickly spread that families in need can indeed find diapers at the Christian Center.
The next diaper drive is Saturday, Dec. 13 – from 2pm to 4pm at Black Diamond Gymnastics at the junction in PC. What a great way to spread the Christmas Spirit! In addition to a fun time jumping on the trampolines a free photo with Santa is also available. Entry fee is a donation of diapers – sizes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. We encourage you to not only drop off a donation of either money or diapers. And while you are at it, stop in and thank Shannon for being such a great force of good in our community!
Rob Harter, Executive Director
Christian Center of Park City
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Ninth grader makes cancer fundraising pitch
My name is Holly Etheridge. I am in ninth grade and part of Treasure Mountain Leadership Class. My group has partnered with the Huntsman Center to help with their funding for the Park City Thank you Fund. Since the Huntsman Center is the main location where Park City cancer patients are treated, there is an effort to get Parkites their own room.
In order to do that, we need to raise $50,000. So far $34,000 has been raised. To finish this project we are reaching out to our community.
Many individuals and families have been affected by cancer. It will be really nice for Park City residents to feel at home when they are going through this tough time. The effort ends just after the New Year.
As a local student, I am asking all of my friends, family, and teachers to donate.
Locals can donate at this website: http://www.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1105168.
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It’s Sunday morning, and I am a bit sore but, once again, smiling having completed another Triple Trail Challenge capstone race yesterday, the Mid Mountain Marathon. With all of the other wonderful summer activities here in Park City, it’s easy to overlook the effort of over 300 runners, and more importantly, how integral the Mountain Trails Foundation is to the essence of Park City.