Diaper Bank helps keep local babies healthy
Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Contributor: Nanci Micke, Vice President of Marketing and Communications at United Way Fox Cities (Excerpt from Post-Crescent published September 6, 2016. Read the full article online.)
"I lost my job and am a single parent with two children in diapers. If it were not for the Fox Cities Diaper Bank I would not be able to keep my baby and toddler in dry diapers. Thanks for helping me.”
This statement is from a mom who receives diapers from the Fox Cities Diaper Bank. She is not alone — one in every three families in our community struggles to provide diapers for their babies. This is an issue in the Fox Cities and across the country.
United Way became aware of this need back in 2010 when the Every Little Bottom study was release by Kimberly-Clark’s Huggies. Our local food pantries told us that they could not keep up with the requests for diapers from their clients, and in fact they could not envision a day when they would ever have enough diapers.
Since the Fox Cities Diaper Bank’s first distribution of diapers to local agencies in 2011, approximately 1.7 million diapers have been dispersed to families in the Fox Cities. Annually, 300,000 to 400,000 diapers are distributed to 870 children each month.
All of this is possible because we have had Dollars for Diapers Do-It campaigns. Please donate to Dollars for Diapers! Other communities look at us and envy the fact that we truly have a bank of diapers that can be distributed on a regular basis, and in the sizes that families need. Thank you to all the donors and supporters who have a special spot in their hearts when it comes to the babies that need our help.