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Unsung Hero: Lance Benson, 'The Diaper Guy'

Seattle's Child is proud to once again sponsor the Unsung Heroes being honored in February by the Department of Children, Youth and Families Strengthening Families Washington.

Nominations are accepted from around the state and and include biological parents, grandparents, foster and adoptive parents. Some volunteer at local schools; some have started nonprofit organizations; some mentor others in their communities. All honorees are true heroes: outstanding caregivers doing important work on behalf of children.

Lance Benson

Lance Benson, who is known as "The Diaper Guy," is the executive director of Dry Tikes and Wet Wipes.

The nonprofit, started in 2012, is located in Olympia and provides free diapers and wet wipes to anyone in need.

Lance was raised in Olympia as one of nine children, and remembers that finances can be a challenge for families. Parents often struggle to decide if they should pay the rent or buy diapers. Lance saw this need and decided to fill this void in our community. He began by asking friends, and everyone else he came in contact with, if they would donate diapers. He started a Facebook page, and as the community came to know about Lance, groupsheld diaper drives and raised money for Dry Tikes and Wet Wipes.

Lance recently moved his services into a new space at Family Education and Support Services, another nonprofit that serves many low-income families. When moms come looking for diapers, they can also "shop" at the Community Clothing Closet there.

Lance owns Benson Property Management in Olympia and he and his wife, Elizabeth, have three small children.

Nominated by Lynn Urvina

Meet more Unsung Heroes and read their amazing stories.

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