The Ride for Diapers Begins

by Jon Dalrymple

Pastor Eric Shadle waves to the cheering crowd on his way out of the Richland Adventist Church parking lot as he began his ride across America for diapers.

RICHLAND, Wash., July 8, 2012 - Pastor Eric Shadle began a cross country bike ride on Sunday, July 8, 2012, to help raise awareness of the need for diapers all across America.  Beginning from the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Richland, Washington, where he is the pastor, Shadle will be riding through ten states in the coming weeks with plans to arrive in Silver Spring, Maryland on September 5, 2012. 

The send-off ceremony included a tribute to Seventh-day Adventists from the mayor of Richland, a group of roller derby girls who broke through a wall of stacked diaper boxes, and a motorcycle gang that lead Shadle safely through town to the open highway where there would be less traffic.  The motorcycle gang, Bikers Against Child Abuse, offered to lead the way so they could show their support for an endeavor they believe will help prevent child abuse.

At scheduled stops along the way, Shadle will be speaking at community centers, churches and other locations, about the lack of availability there is for diapers in low income families.  His goal is not only to raise awareness for this need, but to raise $250,000 to purchase 1,000,000 diapers that will be distributed to organizations across the country who are involved in this effort including our own Tri-Cities Diaper Bank, which is operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Churches in the Tri-Cities. Shadle plans to have an ongoing conversation with people in towns across America through churches and hospitals as well as service clubs like Rotary and Kiwanis.  Eric will blog daily, shoot video weekly, and speak at any venue where there are people who would like to know more about this need and what diapers have to do with church!

You can follow Shadle's ride online at www.ride4diapers.org where there are updates of his progress every few minutes.