Mayor Allender proclaims Diaper Needs Awareness Week in Rapid City
RAPID CITY, S.D. — Mayor Steve Allender was out in front of city hall for a ceremony regarding National Diaper Needs Awareness Week.
With representatives from Volunteers of America, one of the local organizations involved with the diaper drive, he made an official proclamation declaring the week of September 27 through October 3 as Diaper Needs Awareness Week in Rapid City.
Officials from the community came together to bring in more than 3,200 diapers for families in need on Thursday.
“This is a much needed proclamation, much needed diaper drive,” Mayor Allender stated. “And people I hope really will feel generous and just buy a few packs of diapers and drop them off at the Volunteers of America.”
According to the Volunteers of America, around one in every three American families struggles with diaper needs for their children. The average child can go through an average of 11,000 diapers every year.
In some cases, the cost for diapers can equate to 14 percent of a families post-taxes income.
Officials with the volunteer program are grateful for the community’s help and generosity.
“To have the support of the city is Tremendous. Both in getting the word out about diaper need, but also in helping us collect and meet the needs of our community,” Community Outreach Coordinator Sarah McSparran said. “And we’ve had amazing response with local agencies, also local corporations, and individual donors who have really helped us meet that need.”
Donations are still being accepted, and will continue to be through the weekend.
Members of the public can drop off donations at the following locations:
- City Hall on 300 Sixth Street
- Public Safety Building on 300 Kansas City Street
- Rapid City Fire Department at 10 Main Street
- One Heart’s Home Brew Coffee Shop on 201 Kansas City Street
- Mommy’s Closet at 111 New York Street
Other donations are also accepted and can be made at the following website: www.voanr.org/diapers