Mayor Allender declares week of September 27 as Diaper Need Awareness Week
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Rapid City Mayor Steve Allender is proclaiming the week of September 27 – October 3 as Diaper Need Awareness Week, and is encouraging citizens to donate generously to the diaper drive during the week and throughout the year to diaper banks, diaper drives and organizations that distribute diapers to families in need in the community.
Diaper need is defined as the condition of not having enough 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 following locations will serve as collection points for packaged or boxed children’s diapers and diaper wipes during the week:
- City Hall, 300 Sixth Street: For a fifth consecutive year, the front lobby of City Hall will serve as a collection point Monday, September 27 through Friday, October 1.
- Public Safety Building, 300 Kansas City Street: The Rapid City Police Department and Pennington County Sheriff’s Office are working together and the front lobby of the public safety building will serve as a location for collection of diapers during Awareness Week.
- Rapid City Fire Department, Main Station, 10 Main Street, will serve as a collection point.
- One Heart’s Home Brew Coffee Shop, 201 Kansas City Street will serve as a collection location during the week.
- Mommy’s Closet, 111 New York Street, serves as an anytime collection location for diapers.
All sizes of children’s diapers will be accepted, with an emphasis on size five diapers since young children remain in that size longer than any other. Check and cash donations will also be accepted.
Monetary donations will also be accepted at Mommy’s Closet, where officials indicate $10 provides a package of baby wipes, $25 a pack of diapers, $35 a combination pack of diapers and wipes, $500 a pallet of diapers.
Checks can be mailed to 111 New York Street, Rapid City, SD 57701 or at www.voanr.org/diapers through October 3.
Modern Woodmen is offering up to a $2,500 match for any cash donations. Other efforts include TSP Architecture purchasing a pallet of diapers as part of the week-long collection drive.
In 2020, Volunteers of America received more than 18,000 diapers and more than 5,000 diapers and wipes were collected at City Hall as part of the effort.
The mayoral proclamation cites these national statistics:
- 1 in 3 American families experience diaper need at some time while their children are less than three years of age;
- 5 million children in the United States aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families;
- The poorest 20% of US families spend 14% of their income on diapers;
- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8;
- Disposable diapers can cost $70-$100 per month per baby;
- Lack of diapers can have health risks such as rashes, urinary tract infections for children; and issues such as stress, anxiety and depression for parents and children;
- 57% of parents experiencing diaper need who rely on child care said they missed an average of four days of school or work in the past month because they don’t have diapers;
- 48% of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply in an effort to lessen economic hardships;
- Diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps or WIC vouchers;
- A monthly supply of diapers can cost as much as 6% of a full-time minimum wage worker’s salary.