After losing 2 daughters in a fatal crash, mother honors them by collecting 7,000 diapers for families in need

After losing 2 daughters in a fatal crash, mother honors them by collecting 7,000 diapers for families in need

"This diaper drive was just an extra way to keep my girls’ waves moving forward," the mother said.

A Texas mother, Christy Payne, is honoring the memory of her late children in a very special way, by turning her daughter's birthday into a day of giving. By helping struggling families meet a very basic need, Christy is carrying forward the legacy of her daughters, Ella and Aranza after they lost their lives in 2019.

On March 1, Christy would have celebrated her daughter, Ella's birthday had it not been for a tragedy that took two of her precious daughter away. 18-year-old Ella had died in a fatal car crash, along with her 16-year-old sister in 2019. Now, two years after losing her two oldest daughters, Christy has made a commendable donation to Ella's favorite charity, Youth For Christ’s Parent Life program.


When Christy spoke to the non-profit, which helps teen parents and expectant teen parents from Lubbock, Texas, she was told that they needed diapers even more than usual because of the pandemic.

"I messaged them and said I wanted to do something for Ella," Christy told Good Morning America, "and [the director of the Parent Life program] replied immediately, 'diaper drive,' because that’s what they needed. I just said, 'Let me know what sizes you need.'"

Soon after she heard the need for diapers, Christy and her now 16-year-old daughter, Sarah, got to work in late February, and within no time, the mother-daughter duo put together more than 7,000 diapers for struggling young parents. Some they donated themselves while others were collected through a diaper drop-off program or bought using all the donations that kind people made to honor Ella's memory.


Talking about why the 7,000 diapers make such a huge difference, Renee Morales, the director of Parent Life's program, said, "Diaper need is a huge problem in the U.S. that many are not aware of. Families oftentimes have to choose between buying food or diapers so they may end up leaving diapers on longer to make them last longer, which poses poses healthy risks for the babies. Also, many day cares require parents to leave a certain amount of diapers each day which can also be a big burden on parents who are working minimum wage paying jobs that barely cover their bills."

Grateful to Christy for reaping kindness from something painful, Morales told KCBD, "To go through a loss like that as a parent, I cannot imagine what that must feel like or what the family must be going through. But to take their grief into something beautiful and giving back to others and making a difference in others lives is just an incredibly beautiful way to honor someone’s legacy and their memory."


After losing her daughters, Christy set up Wavemakers Life to inspire people to create change and also turned Ella's birthday, March 1, into Ella's Giving Day, which was commemorated this year by the collection of thousands of diapers.


The bereaved mother's efforts are praised not just for helping out families in need but also for raising awareness about the need for essentials like diapers, which is an issue that many are unaware of. As Christy uses her daughters' memory for good, the mother told Good Morning America, "After the accident, one of my friends said [my daughters] didn’t just create ripples, they created waves in making a difference in other people’s lives. This diaper drive was just an extra way to keep my girls’ waves moving forward."

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