SOURCE: Blackfoot Telecommunications Group

Blackfoot Telecommunications Group

November 24, 2010 11:03 ET

Blackfoot Diaper Drive to Benefit Young Mothers in Need

MISSOULA, MT--(Marketwire - November 24, 2010) -  One in three American mom's struggle to provide their babies with a basic essential -- diapers. There's very little help or public resources to fulfill the need of many struggling new moms. This holiday season join Blackfoot in its effort to help moms and babies in need with diapers. On Thursday, December 2 from 4-6pm, Blackfoot, Mountain Home Montana, and Mountain Broadcasting will be at the Double Tree collecting diapers, displaying decorated trees, and bringing in holiday spirit with special guests: Santa and Mo.

"As a sponsor of the upcoming Festival of Trees Gala, we felt that we needed to do more this holiday season for Mountain Home Montana's clients. Many of the Food assistance programs focus mainly on food and nutrition and often don't cover diapers. Everyone who has raised children remembers the staggering number of diapers they used every week. It is one of the major expenses for new parents. As a local company, we wanted to bring attention to the basic needs of our Missoula moms and see if there were other businesses and individuals out there that could help," said Blackfoot CEO Joan Mandeville.

Each year, Mountain Home Montana goes through over 20,000 diapers. About 1,000 are donated from community members and 19,000 are purchased. "This year, we will need 40,000 diapers to serve 30 families as our program grows with the construction of 5 new Transitional Living Apartments. While young mothers at Mountain Home are required to budget for diapers as part of their Life Skills Program, there are times when they need extra assistance. A donation of diapers may seem an unglamorous holiday present but it is so vital," said Gypsy Ray, Mountain Home Executive Director.

Children who bring a box of disposable diapers to the Blackfoot Diaper Drive will receive thank you gifts from special guests Mo and Santa for helping babies in need this holiday season! If you are unable to join us on Thursday, December 2 at the Double Tree from 4-6pm, you can contact Mountain Home at 406-541-4663 or drop off your diaper donation at any of the following locations: Blackfoot @ 1221 N. Russell Street; Mountain Home @ 2606 South Avenue West; and Mountain Broadcasting @ 800 Kensington Avenue.

About Mountain Home Montana
 
Turning Hope into Home. They come for the basics. They leave with so much more. At Mountain Home, we offer a place for young moms and babies to live, learn, get back on their feet, and start new lives. To learn more about Mountain Home or how you can help, visit their site at www.mountainhomemt.org.

About Blackfoot
 
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group (Blackfoot) was originally established in 1954 as Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative. Blackfoot offers state-of-the-art telecommunications, Internet and data solutions to customers in Missoula and throughout Montana and Idaho. Headquartered in Missoula, Montana, Blackfoot employs more than 130 Montanans. Blackfoot can be reached at 406-541-5000 or online at www.blackfoot.com. Connect Globally. Partner Locally. 

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Kate Olney
    Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
    Phone: (406) 541-5020
    Fax: (406) 532-5018