Mothers & More is organizing a diaper drive in coordination with its Mother’s Day Campaign. Read the full release below.
DUPAGE COUNTY – In a baby’s first year, families will spend up to $1,200 to change about 2,500 dirty diapers. To many moms, diapers are another item in the never-ending list of baby expenses, but to low-income moms diapers are simply unaffordable.
To help support moms in need, Mothers & More, a membership organization providing community and programming for moms, is hosting a diaper drive, “We Could All Use a Little Change” for its 14th annual Mother’s Day Campaign. Throughout April and May, residents are encouraged to donate diapers in collection bins at the following locations:
- Wheaton Parks Community Center, 1777 S. Blanchard Rd., Wheaton
- Fox Valley Park District Eola Community Center, 555 S. Eola Road, Aurora
- Naperville Riverwalk Community Center, 305 W. Jackson, Naperville
- Warrenville Park District Community Center, 3S260 Warren Ave, Warrenville
Mothers & More also will host an event open to the public at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 7, at Strand Fitness, 124 N. Main St., Wheaton. This “Pamper Party” will have various pampering stations such as massage and a short meditation/stress reduction class. Refreshments will be served. Cost to attend is one bag of diapers. RSVP to Rebecca Osterman at email@example.com
All diapers will be donated to the People’s Resource Center, a nonprofit organization that offers food, basic necessities and other services to low-income residents of DuPage County. PRC also will be accepting diaper donations at their locations at 201 S. Naperville Road in Wheaton and 649 Blackhawk in Westmont.
The following are a few reasons why Mothers & More chose to focus their campaign on diaper donations:
- Government assistance programs such as the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (food stamps) do not cover the purchase of diapers.
- Cloth diapers are not an option for families in need of diapers. Many low-income families do not have washing machines and many Laundromats do not allow cloth diapers. Additionally, licensed day care centers, especially the free and subsidized centers, don’t accept cloth diapers.
- For families that can’t afford diapers, a baby may spend an extended period of time in a soiled diaper, increasing the risk for numerous health problems.
“Mothers & More is about understanding what moms go through and offering support, and this diaper drive allows us to recognize and help mothers in need in a tangible way,” said Rebecca Osterman, diaper drive organizer and head of Mothers & More DuPage Chapter Community Outreach.
Osterman added: “Through our partnership with People’s Resource Center and the help of individual diaper donations, we can make a substantial change and contribution to our community. Working together, we can call attention to a hidden problem while providing much needed assistance to local families.”
People’s Resource Center Senior Director of Programs Melissa Travis said: “We don’t receive nearly enough diaper donations to meet the demand. We currently give 6 to 10 diapers per child per month, which barely scratches the surface. Therefore, it’s great when community organizations such as Mothers & More can help us provide our clients with an item that is such a necessity.”
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