DIAPER NEED AWARENESS WEEK HIGHLIGHTS CRITICAL NEED, IMPORTANCE OF DIAPERS
RAPID CITY--The front lobby of the City/School Administration Center or C/SAC Building, 300 Sixth Street, will serve as a collection point for diapers next week as part of Diaper Need Awareness Week.
Mayor Steve Allender has proclaimed September 25-October 1 as Diaper Need Awareness Week in Rapid City to encourage citizens to donate generously to diaper banks, diaper drives and to organizations that distribute diapers to families in need in the community. Mayor Allender will present the proclamation in a ceremony at Volunteers of America, 111 New York Street, at 11:30 a.m. Monday.
Several local businesses are competing in a diaper challenge issued by Nathan Larson, president of Western Dakota Insurors. Larson has challenged area businesses to 'fill a truck' full of diapers for Mommy's Closet. Businesses bringing diapers to Monday's event are Western Dakota Insurors, Black Hills Oral and Maxillofacial, North Western Warehouse Allied Van Lines and Carpenter Dental.
The public is asked to bring packaged or boxed diapers to either the C/SAC Building Monday through Friday during Awareness Week or to Mommy's Closet at 24 E. New York Street from noon to 5 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays. Mommy's Closet is one of three diaper banks in South Dakota and accepts diapers throughout the year.
The City's proclamation references national surveys reflecting one in three mothers experience diaper need at some time while their children are less than three years of age and 48 percent of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply. Diaper need is defined as the condition of not having a sufficient supply of clean diapers to ensure infants and toddlers are clean, healthy and dry, and can adversely affect the health and welfare of infants, toddlers and their families.
The average infant or toddler requires an average of 50 diaper changes per week over three years. Diapers cannot be bought with food stamps or Women, Infants and Children (WIC) vouchers. A monthly supply of diapers can cost as much as six percent of a full-time minimum wage worker's salary.
Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator
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