Eau Claire (WQOW) - As the season of giving approaches us, an Eau Claire magazine is asking for the community's help in donating diapers to help children.
Second Opinion Magazine is launching a diaper drive through December 15. Staff are asking community members to donate new and leftover packages of diapers, wipes and other diapering items. Staff at the magazine said a supply of diapers can cost more than $100 a month. They also said in poor and low-income families, a baby can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to potential health and abuse risks.
Second Opinion said if you'd like to donate toward the effort, you can drop off items at various locations in Eau Claire during business hours, including:
-Eau Claire Children's Museum, 220 S Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI 54701
-LilyPad Lab, 1620 Ohm Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701
-Eau Claire Music School, 1620 Ohm Ave, Eau Claire, WI 54701
-UWEC Nature Academy, 1190 Priory Rd, Eau Claire, WI 54702
-That's Adorable Children's Consignment Shop, 129 N Barstow St, Eau Claire, WI 54703
-KIDZ R US All Family Dental, 3131 Stein Blvd, Eau Claire, WI 54701
Eau Claire, WI (Press Release)–Through Dec 15th, 2016, Second Opinion Magazine is launching a community-wide Diaper Drive to help our community’s children as winter approaches. Community members can donate new and leftover packages of diapers, wipes, and other diapering items by bringing them to our partners in the Eau Claire area. Our gracious partners include the Eau Claire Children’s Museum, LilyPad Lab, the Eau Claire Music School, UWEC Nature Academy, That’s Adorable Children’s Consignment Shop, and KIDZ R US All Family Dental. Donations will be accepted during regular business hours at any of the aforementioned businesses.
The Diaper Drive’s goal is to collect 500 packages of diapers to be distributed to The Community Table, St. Francis Food Pantry, Beacon House and Bolton Refuge House, and other places that serve the neediest members of our community.
We hope everyone can take a moment to make a difference in our community and in the health of its children.
* An adequate supply of diapers can cost over $100 a month.
* In 2008, the WIC (a federal nutrition program for women, infants and children) office in Eau Claire served 3,875 clients. More than half of those clients were infants and children in diapers. However, the WIC program does not currently include diapers. In fact, no federal social safety net program (e.g. Food Stamps, WIC) currently includes diapers.
* National statistics say that 50% of all babies born are eligible for WIC services.
* Local food pantries provide diapers to families only when they have been donated or when they are available for purchase at a low cost, which is rare.
* Most people living in poverty do not have affordable access to washing facilities, so cannot use cloth diapers. Even if they did, most coin operated Laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons.
* In poor and low-income families a baby can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to potential health and abuse risks.
* Low-income parents cannot take advantage of free or subsidized childcare if they cannot afford to leave disposable diapers at childcare centers. If parents cannot access daycare, then they are less able to attend work or school on a consistent basis. This in turn leads to increased economic instability and continuation of the cycle of poverty.
* Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large retailer can double or triple the monthly cost of diapers. Many parents are already struggling to pay for rent and food and simply cannot afford the high cost of an adequate supply of diapers for their children.