Families and individuals participate in the Changing Roswell Walk and Run saturday m orning at Cahoon Park. (Mark Wilson Photo)
A diaper war raged between volleyball players and parents of small children at Cahoon Park, Saturday morning.
The conflict was not about changing diapers, but changing Roswell, one budding family at a time.
The Chaves County Pregnancy Resource Center challenged the community to either walk, run, or battle it out during the Changing Roswell Walk and Run — all to raise funds and awareness for its cause. The CCPRC provides free resources to expectant women and families with children less than three years of age. The nonprofit agency helps about 50 clients a week.
Event coordinators for the CCPRC are creative year-round. For instance, one can earn “mommy money” or “daddy dollars” by attending CCPRC pregnancy or parenting courses, according to Lisa Reeves, administrative director for the organization.
Mommy money or daddy dollars can be used to purchase any number of items at the CCPRC store, including diapers, strollers, wipes, car seats or cribs, to name a few. Mommy money and daddy dollars are worth just as much as their actual dollar counterpart; but can only be used at the CCPRC.
The CCPRC offers three, 16-week courses, and they are offered in English and in Spanish. Reeves said clients earn mommy money or daddy dollars through their participation in the program.
Reeves said if someone were to do everything during a CCPRC course — attend all classes, bring a guest, complete all homework and go to all doctor visits — he or she could earn almost $700 in mommy money or daddy dollars.
The CCPRC provides free pregnancy tests as well as counseling, Reeves said. People are encouraged to attend CCPRC courses if the pregnancy test is positive. The CCPRC offers health insurance referrals, as well as referrals to a lawyer for those considering adoption.
“We are a Christian, prolife organization,” Reeves said. “We try to educate (clients) about the options available to them.” However, the CCPRC also offers post-abortion counseling.
Professionals that give of their time to the CCPRC include doctors, lawyers, psychologists, and professional speakers who teach the courses.
At the moment, the CCPRC has the support of Church On the Move, though Reeves said there is hope to grow.
“Our goal is to get other churches to support us so we can grow and help more women in the community,” she said.
Mothers of Preschoolers waged war against the Valley Christian Academy’s volleyball team during the Changing Roswell Diaper Wars. Both groups set out to build a structure from diapers and other items that could help the CCPRC.
Iris Moore was one of about 30 people who participated in the 5k or 10k walk and run event. She walked around Cahoon Park with her 20-month-old great-niece, Jaydian Smothermon, who was safely buckled up inside a stroller.
For Moore, the CCPRC is about giving people in the community options they may not always know they have.
“Young girls have a place to go for support,” she said.