Being promoted to an Eagle Scout is a high honor and one that Marana freshmen, Devan Ashcraft, hopes to acquire through his efforts of putting on a Diaper Dash 5k on May 3.
Every Boy Scout has to do an eagle project in order to receive the promotion. Devan didn’t want to do a simple or easy project. He wanted to make a difference and have people from the community involved. Having to change his baby brother’s diapers and finding out how expensive diapers are, Devan came up with the idea to do a project that benefited the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona.
Last year, the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona distributed about 650,000 diapers and is in need of even more diapers this coming year. On average, diapers cost about $100 per month per child. The diaper bank is a tax-exempt 501c(3) organization, which accepts donations year around. Donations can be made online at diaperbank.org.
Now that Devan had an organization to help, he wanted to somehow get the community involved. Since he was a toddler, Devan has loved running and has continued his passion for it by being a part of the Marana track and field team. He decided to go to the Town of Marana officials, along with his parents, and propose the idea of putting on a 5k run that would benefit the diaper bank.
“I wanted to do something that’s interesting for my eagle project and I wanted to do a run because I like to run,” said Devan. “We want as many people as we can get out there so we can actually make a difference.”
With the help of other boy scouts and leaders, the Town of Marana and his church, Devan has been able to put together a Diaper Dash 5k that will benefit the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona. The event will be held on Saturday, May 3 at Gladden Farms Community Park, which is located on 12250 N. Tangerine Road. Registration is open from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. The run starts at 8 a.m.
“I think it’s commendable that he would take on this big of a project,” said Stephanie Ashcraft, mom of Devan. “It’s one that has never been done before by a scout. In the long run, this will make a difference and help many families in Southern Arizona.”
The cost to register is one or more unopened packages of diapers. The following sizes are needed: 4, 5, 6, 3T, 4T and adult incontinence pull-ups and briefs. If a person does not want to participate in the run, but would like to donate they can still drop off diapers at the race or at one of the locations in Tucson. The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona can be reached at 325-1400.