THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION IS FROM WWW.JUNIORLEAGUE-EC.ORG
• 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 programs (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.
EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)-- Imagine having to pick between diapers and food, and with the holiday stress of gift giving included, Christmas time can be stressful and sad for many. You can make a difference in someone else’s joy this season.
During the month of November, Second Opinion and the Lily Pad Lab are sponsoring a Diaper Drive. Community members can bring packages of wipes and new (or left over) packages of diapers to the addresses listed below.
Diapers will be distributed to places like Community Table, St. Francis Food Pantry, Beacon House, Bolton Refuge House and others like them in December.
If you’d rather write a check than drop off items, tax deductible donation checks can be made out to: Junior League of Eau Claire. Put "Diaper Drive" on memo line.
Mail checks to Second Opinion Magazine. Money will be delivered to Junior League of Eau Claire in December when the drive is
Second Opinion Magazine
800 Wisconsin Street
Bldg 2, 420 or 420-G
Eau Claire, WI 54703
Lily Pad Lab
2524 Golf RD
Eau Claire WI 54701
715-831-0325 (Same Building as Cherry Berry and Anytime Fitness)
Drop off hours: M-F 10-3pm Drop off Hours: M-F 9-5pm