NBC26 Cares Diaper Drive underway

Posted at 8:30 AM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 15:02:12-04

NBC26 Cares and Jakes Diapers in Kaukauna begin a week long effort to help families in need with their diaper needs. The drive runs from Monday, October 24 to Friday, October 28. Donations can be dropped off at NBC26 located at 1391 North Road in Ashwaubenon.

Then on Thursday, a “Stuff-The-Truck” event will be held at Festival Foods in De Pere with special visits from the De Pere Fire and Police Departments. There will be a bounce house for the kids as well.

1 in 3 families here in the United States struggle with diaper need, the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.  Diapers are a basic need that cannot be obtained with food stamps, and no state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars for the purpose of purchasing diapers. Here in Wisconsin, 19% of the population under age 3 lives in families earning less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level (National Diaper Bank Network).
Cloth diapers can be an option to solving diaper need. Modern cloth diapers have come a long way in recent years, no pins! They can resemble disposable diapers in ease of use and function, only they are washed and reused. Cloth diapers are also an option for use in daycares, and Wisconsin Licensing Rules allow for use of cloth diapers. Furthermore, according to the U.S. Census, 68% of people living at or below the poverty line live in a home with a washer and dryer.
For this Diaper Drive, both cloth and disposable diapers are being collected (any size, including adult, as well as open packages), as well as financial contributions. Any monetary donations will be allocated for cloth diaper kits to completely solve diaper need for babies here in Northeastern Wisconsin.
For Jake’s Diapers, the cost to cloth diaper a baby from birth to potty training is just $231. To diaper a baby in disposable diapers, the average cost is over $2,000 per baby. Furthermore, did you know each baby in disposable diapers generates over one ton of garbage that takes over 300 years to decompose? Approximately 15% of our landfill waste is from diapers.
Financial contributions can be made f or babies in Green Bay or Fox Cities & Oshkosh; or mailed to Jake’s Diapers, 139 E. 2nd St., Suite U2, Kaukauna, WI 54130. If you have a preference for Green Bay or Fox Cities/Oshkosh, just note it in the memo line!  As always, all donations are tax-deductible.
If you’d like to purchase diapers in person, Green Baybeez (109 N. Wisconsin St., De Pere, 54115 is an amazing Mom-owned store that can help!  (920) 339-9222. If you’d prefer to order online, we have a wish list at another amazing Mom-owned cloth diaper manufacturer in Madison, Nicki’s Diapers.