Community Diaper Drive: City Hall, Fire & Police Among Collection Points for Awareness Week Donations


COMMUNITY DIAPER DRIVE

CITY HALL, FIRE DEPARTMENT & POLICE SERVICE

AS COLLECTION POINTS

FOR CITYWIDE DIAPER RIDES

Mayor declares Sept. 26-Oct. 2

as Diaper Need Awareness Week

FAST CITY—The average child uses 11,000 diapers. The average infant needs a dozen diaper changes a day for a three-year period, and toddlers about eight diaper changes a day.

For many families, the cost of diapers can be as high as $100 per month per child, particularly affecting low-income families who cannot purchase diapers with food stamps or WIC vouchers.

Mayor Steve Allender is proclaiming a diaper needs awareness week in Rapid City next week, September 26 through October 2. The Diaper Drive is a project by Volunteers of America (VoA). City Hall, Fire Station 1, the Rapid City Public Safety Building, Mommy’s Closet, and the Black Hills Pregnancy Center will serve as collection points. Mayor Allender encourages citizens to donate generously to the diaper drive during Awareness Week and throughout the year to diaper banks, diaper drives and organizations that distribute diapers to needy families in the community.

All sizes of children’s diapers are accepted with an emphasis on size five diapers as small children stay in this size longer than the other sizes. Checks and monetary donations are also accepted.

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“The community deserves credit for responding to the annual diaper drive each year,” Mayor Allender said. “The diaper donations fill a very real need for our low-income families who are dealing with increased costs on most items. Any relief, especially if it helps our youngest children, is welcome. I encourage the community to respond as they have in the past.”

Volunteers of America is also conducting a community letter campaign during Diaper Drive. The goal this year is to collect 20,000 diapers. More than 9,300 diapers and wipes were collected at City Hall and other collection points during last year’s community-wide Diaper Drive.

The following locations serve as collection points for packaged or packaged children’s diapers and wet wipes during the Awareness Week:

*City Hall, 300 Sixth Street: For the sixth time in a row, the entrance hall of the town hall will serve as a collection point from Monday 26 September to Monday 3 October.

*Public Safety Building, 300 Kansas City Street: The Rapid City Police Department and the Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are working together, and diaper donations can be dropped off at the Citizen’s Window on the first floor of the Awareness Week Public Safety Building.

*Rapid City Fire Department, Hauptbahnhof, Hauptstrasse 10serves as a collection point.

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*Black Hills Pregnancy Center, 1774 Center Street, Suite 1: The center will serve as a new gathering place during Diaper Drive week.

*Mommy’s Closet, 111 New York Street, serves as a collection point for diapers at any time.

Monetary donations are also accepted during the diaper drive. Checks can be mailed or dropped to Mommy’s Closet at 111 New York Street, Rapid City, SD 57701 by October 3 or donated online at www.voanr.org/diapers. According to VoA officials, there are $10 for a package of baby wipes, $25 per pack of diapers, $35 for a combination pack of diapers and wipes, $500 for a pallet of diapers. The company’s efforts include the purchase of a pallet of diapers by TSP Architecture as part of the week-long fundraiser.

Diaper demand is defined as the lack of an adequate supply of clean diapers to ensure that infants and young children are clean, healthy and dry and can affect the health and well-being of infants, young children and their families.

The mayoral proclamation cites these national statistics:

*1 in 3 American families will need a diaper at some point while their children are under the age of three;

*5 million children in the United States aged three and under live in poor or low-income families;

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*The poorest 20 percent of US families spend 14 percent of their income on diapers;

*Infants need up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8;

*Disposable diapers can cost $70-$100 per month per baby;

*The lack of diapers can lead to health risks such as skin rashes, urinary tract infections in children; and issues such as stress, anxiety and depression for parents and children;

*57 percent of diaper-dependent parents who depend on childcare said they missed an average of four days of school or work in the past month because they didn’t have diapers;

*48 percent of families delay changing a diaper to stock up to reduce economic hardship;

*Diapers cannot be purchased with meal vouchers or WIC vouchers;

*A monthly supply of diapers can cost up to 6 percent of a full-time minimum wage worker’s salary

Mommy’s Closet in Rapid City is one of three diaper banks in South Dakota that recognizes the importance of diapers to family economic stability and distributes diapers to underprivileged families through 16 community partnerships. The three diaper banks distribute more than 500,000 diapers annually.

For more information about Mommy’s Closet, contact 605-341-8336 or visit www.voanr.org/diapers to learn more about Diaper Drive.





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