City Hall serving as a collection point for diapers

Diaper Need Awareness Week highlights critical need, importance of diapers

RAPID CITY, S.D. – For a second consecutive year, the front lobby of the City/School Administration Center or C/SAC Building, 300 Sixth Street, will serve as a collection point for diapers as part of Diaper Need Awareness Week.

Beginning Monday and continuing until Friday, Sept. 28, a collection box will be placed in the front lobby of the C/SAC Building for public donations of diapers.

Mayor Steve Allender is proclaiming Sept. 24-29 as Diaper Need Awareness Week in Rapid City and encourages citizens to donate generously to diaper banks, diaper drives and to organizations distributing diapers to families in need in the community.

Mayor Allender will present the proclamation during an 1:30 p.m. ceremony Monday, Sept. 24 at Volunteers of America, 111 New York Street.

Several local businesses are competing in a diaper challenge issued by Nathan Larson, president of Western Dakota Insurors. Larson, as he did last year, is challenging area businesses to ‘fill a truck’ full of diapers for Mommy’s Closet.

Businesses bringing diapers to the Sept. 24 event are Western Dakota Insurors, Black Hills Oral and Maxillofacial, North Western Warehouse Allied Van Lines and Carpenter Dental.

The public is asked to bring packaged or boxed diapers to either the C/SAC Building Monday through Friday during Awareness Week or to Volunteers of America at 111 New York Street Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mommy’s Closet, a program of Volunteers of America, is one of three diaper banks in South Dakota and accepts diapers throughout the year.

The City’s proclamation references national surveys reflecting one in three mothers experience diaper need at some time while their children are less than three years of age and 48 percent of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply.

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 average infant or toddler requires an average of 50 diaper changes per week over three years.

Diapers cannot be bought with food stamps or Women, Infants and Children (WIC) vouchers.  A monthly supply of diapers can cost as much as six percent of a full-time minimum wage worker’s salary.

Information and photo from the City of Rapid City