United Way of Portage County will hold its second annual No Child's Wet Behind Community Diaper Drive from Mother's Day weekend through Father's Day weekend. Two events on Friday, May 9, will kick off the diaper drive: Leadercast at the Holiday Inn and the Women's Fund of Portage County Spring Luncheon at the Stevens Point Country Club.
Approximately $16,000 in diapers and monetary donations were collected during last year's first-ever drive, filling a need many local agencies said was a top issue facing struggling families. Organizers are hoping this year's drive surpasses that total in order to continue helping local families.
"When all those diapers are distributed to families that need help, we will have helped to fill almost 2,000 requests for two weeks' worth of diapers," said 10-year-old Ellie Andrews, a member of last year's United Way Campaign Drive Chair family and spokesperson for the diaper drive. "That's a lot!"
Diapers can be dropped off from Mother's Day weekend through Father's Day weekend Monday through Friday at:
United Way of Portage County, 1100 Centerpoint Drive, #302, Stevens Point, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Trinity Lutheran Church, 1410 Rogers St., Stevens Point, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 2000 Roosevelt Drive, Plover, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Monetary donations are encouraged, as many distribution partners may be able to take advantage of large quantity pricing. Additionally, storage space is always at a premium and monetary donations allow distribution partners to buy the sizes they need, when they need them. Monetary donations can be dropped off at or sent toUnited Way of Portage County, c/o No Child's Wet Behind Community Diaper Drive, 1100 Centerpoint Dr., #302, Stevens Point, WI 54481.
The primary source for distribution of diapers will be Operation Bootstrap.
Emergency and holiday distribution will be provided through other programs serving income-qualified families. Organizations will follow a tracking system and each family they will distribute to will meet established criteria. Requests for diapers should be made through Emergency Services.
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