Public Can Donate Packaged, Boxed Diapers to City Hall, Volunteers of America;
Week of Sept. 23-28 Highlights Critical Need, Importance of Diapers
RAPID CITY--Mayor Steve Allender is proclaiming next week, September 23-28, 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.
Mayor Allender will present the proclamation Monday at a 4 p.m. ceremony at Volunteers of America, 111 New York Street. For a third consecutive year, the front lobby of the City Hall at 300 Sixth Street will serve as a public collection point for diapers during the week.
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 mothers experience diaper need at some time while their children are less than three years of age;
*48 percent of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply in an effort to lessen economic hardships;
*The average infant or toddler requires an average of 50 diaper changes per week over three years;
*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.
During Diaper Need Awareness Week, the public is asked to bring packaged or boxed diapers to either City Hall Monday through Friday during Awareness Week or anytime to Volunteers of America at 111 New York Street Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
WHAT: Diaper Need Awareness Week/Mayor's Proclamation
WHEN: 4 p.m./Monday, September 23
WHERE: Volunteers of America, 111 New York Street
Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator
T: 605.721.6686 | M: 605.939.8551