MAYOR PROCLAIMS SEPTEMBER 21-25
AS DIAPER NEED AWARENESS WEEK
Public Can Donate Packaged, Boxed Diapers
to City Hall through October 2
RAPID CITY--Mayor Steve Allender is proclaiming next week, September 21-25, as Diaper Need Awareness Week in Rapid City and encourages citizens to donate generously to diaper banks, diaper drives and organizations that distribute diapers to families in need in the community.
For a fourth consecutive year, the front lobby of City Hall will serve as a public collection point for diapers. The public can drop off packaged, boxed children's diapers and diaper wipes in a display bin at City Hall, 300 Sixth Street through Friday, October 2. Other collection boxes are located at Monument Health through September and Family Fare in Baken Park during Awareness Week. Diapers can always be dropped off at Mommy's Closet, 111 New York Street.
Last year, nearly 3500 diapers and wipes were donated by the public to the City Hall donation box.
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 mayoral proclamation cites these national statistics:
*1 in 3 American families experience diaper need at some time while their children are less than three years of age;
*5 million children in the United States aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families;
*Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8;
*Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby;
*57 percent of parents experiencing diaper need who rely on child care said they missed an average of four days of school or work in the past month because they don't have diapers;
*48 percent of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply in an effort to lessen economic hardships;
*Diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps or WIC vouchers;
*A monthly supply of diapers can cost as much as 6 percent of a full-time minimum wage worker's salary;
Rapid City's Mommy's Closet is one of three diaper banks in South Dakota that recognize the importance of diapers in helping provide economic stability for families and distribute diapers to disadvantaged families through 16 community partnerships. The three diaper banks distribute more than 500,000 diapers annually.
During Diaper Need Awareness Week and through October 2, the public can bring packaged or boxed diapers to City Hall Monday through Friday, anytime to Volunteers of America at 111 New York Street Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., or to participating collection hosts.