Changing diapers, breaking records

A poster promoting Earth Day is displayed inside the Spangdahlem Middle School prior to the start of the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The event touted positive effects of using cloth diapers while also promoting Earth Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

A poster promoting Earth Day is displayed inside the Spangdahlem Middle School prior to the start of the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The event touted positive effects of using cloth diapers while also promoting Earth Day. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Stress balls are displayed on a table while Tiffany Singhisen, a 52nd Medical Group Nurse Care Manager from Birchwood, Wis., prepares to check in parents and children for the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. A minimum of 25 people were needed to participate for the event to count towards the official number to break the world record. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Stress balls are displayed on a table while Tiffany Singhisen, a 52nd Medical Group Nurse Care Manager from Birchwood, Wis., prepares to check in parents and children for the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. A minimum of 25 people were needed to participate for the event to count towards the official number to break the world record. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Children get their height recorded as part of registering for the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Children must stand at less than 39 inches tall in order to qualify towards the count of diaper changing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Children get their height recorded as part of registering for the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Children must stand at less than 39 inches tall in order to qualify towards the count of diaper changing. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Cloth diapers are displayed on a table during the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. One of the requirements for the event states that the children must be changed using a cloth diaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Cloth diapers are displayed on a table during the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. One of the requirements for the event states that the children must be changed using a cloth diaper. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sarah Jones, right, a 606th Air Control Squadron cyber transport journeyman from Boston, checks in a parent and a child for the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The organizers ensured every child met all the requirements to count towards the official number of diaper changes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

U.S. Air Force Senior Airman Sarah Jones, right, a 606th Air Control Squadron cyber transport journeyman from Boston, checks in a parent and a child for the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The organizers ensured every child met all the requirements to count towards the official number of diaper changes. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Parents hold up cloth diapers prior to the official start of the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Nearly 10 volunteers helped out with the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Parents hold up cloth diapers prior to the official start of the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. Nearly 10 volunteers helped out with the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Parents hold up their children and pose for a group photo after changing diapers for the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The Great Cloth Diaper Change started in 2011 as a part of a Tiny Tots community event that changed into a way to break a world record for most cloth diapers changes, while promoting awareness for a healthier environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Parents hold up their children and pose for a group photo after changing diapers for the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. The Great Cloth Diaper Change started in 2011 as a part of a Tiny Tots community event that changed into a way to break a world record for most cloth diapers changes, while promoting awareness for a healthier environment. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Mathea McKinley, a 52nd Force Support Squadron personal trainer, teaches a “Mommy and Me” class after the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. People could participate in the “Mommy and Me” class and have their photo taken at a photo booth after the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

Mathea McKinley, a 52nd Force Support Squadron personal trainer, teaches a “Mommy and Me” class after the 2014 Great Cloth Diaper Change April 26, 2014, at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany. People could participate in the “Mommy and Me” class and have their photo taken at a photo booth after the event. (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Rusty Frank/Released)

SPANGDAHLEM AIR BASE, Germany - -- It's that time of year to do the dirty deed that needs to be done.

No, not filing taxes or spring cleaning--it's the annual Great Cloth Diaper Change held at Spangdahlem Middle School April 26 as part of a global campaign to raise environmental awareness.

"Sixty thousand diapers will enter landfills for the one minute a diaper change happens," said Tiffany Singhisen, a 52nd Medical Group nurse care manager and mother of three children. "The Great Cloth Diaper Change, put on by the Real Diaper Association, runs in conjunction with Earth Day to help promote a healthier environment."

The occasion originally started in California in 2011 as a community event and later morphed into a chance to set a world record of diaper changes while also promoting the advantages of using cloth diapers as opposed to store-bought ones.

"The event is also held to help promote cloth diapering, so people know that it's an option for parents," said Senior Airman Sarah Jones, a 606th Air Control Squadron cyber transport journeyman.

Last year's GCDC set a Guinness World Record of 8,301 diapers changed from 15 different countries spread out across five different continents. However, the unofficial number tallied 10,029 diapers changed, due to specific rules. For example, Guinness rules state the hosting facilities must require a minimum amount of people to participate to count toward the official record.

With the previous record targeted, Saber Nation's inaugural participation as one of four bases in Germany among more than 300 international locations aimed at making this year the biggest to date.

"It's a neat opportunity to host it here and put Spangdahlem on the map," Singhisen said. "Even though we live in a foreign country and deal with different washing machines and the water here, you can still do it."

The official counts will not be tallied and reported until early May.

For more information about cloth diapering and the Great Cloth Diaper Change, go tohttp://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php or http://greatclothdiaperchange.com/

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