Beginning on the first day of National Diaper Need Awareness Week, Monday, September 23, and running through October 31st; United Way of Southwest Alabama (UWSWA) Women United are hosting the 4th Annual Diaper Drive to aide UWSWA partner agencies provide diapers and wipes to families in our community. Women United (WU) will be accepting cash donations and donations of diapers for children and adult in all sizes as well as wipes at the UWSWA office (218 St. Francis Street, 36602).
Last year, the community donated 14,783 diapers and 7,729 wipes. The diapers and wipes were equally distributed between Dumas Wesley Community Center, Goodwill Easterseals of the Gulf Coast, Mobile Community Action Head Start, Mulherin Home, Penelope House, and The Salvation Army of Coastal Alabama. These agencies will benefit from the Diaper Drive again this year.
“We greatly appreciated the assistance from the diaper drive” said, Mobile Community Action Community Outreach Coordinator LaKeisha Williams. “Several families were assisted and one in particular was in a tough place financially. The diapers relieved those cost for her three small children instantly.”
A resident at the Sybil Smith Family Village of Dumas Wesley said, “The donated diapers help a lot because it allows me to save money to pay on other bills so that I can move into my own place soon.”
Online by credit card – https://app.mobilecause.com/form/PuR8rA?vid=1vrb6
Text to Give – Text “Diapers18” to 41444 and follow the directions in the response
Purchase diapers online – UWSWA Amazon Wish List – https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3NVPN54ASOLDB?ref_=wl_share
Drop off diapers and/or wipes to UWSWA office at 218 St. Francis Street, 36602
Families unable to afford an adequate supply of diapers may provide less frequent diaper changes to their child in an attempt to maximize their supply of diapers.
American Academy of Pediatrics News & Journals – https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/132/2/253
Data USA – https://datausa.io/profile/geo/alabama#poverty_age_gender
National Diaper Bank Network – https://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org