United Way kicks off Diaper Drive in Kalamazoo and Battle Creek communities
KALAMAZOO & BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Starting Friday the United Way is kicking off a five-day diaper drive hoping to collect 50,000 diapers for families in need.
Newschannel 3’s Jessica Wheeler stopped by one of those agencies they will be helping to see how great the need is.
With no state or federal safety net to help low income families with diapers, those with the United Way decided to start the collection.
For the next five days, they are hoping the community will donate what they can.
In the end, the diapers will be sent to local agencies to help people in need.
Briandria Wynne makes frequent visits to the Battle Creek Diaper Network.
“Diapers really come in handy because I’m a single mom of four,” Wynne said.
With two kids in diapers and 1 in Pull-ups, the expense is a huge burden on her family.
“Working part time with four kids it’s just not enough right now,” said Wynne. “So the diapers really come in handy towards the end of the month when we start running out. Dr. Glass saves our day pretty much.”
Michael Glass started the Diaper Bank in August at Parkway Manor Apartments in Battle Creek after asking community members what they needed most.
Diapers were at the top of the list because government assistance does not cover them.
“It started off with maybe 25 families, but I think now we’re at 40 and sometimes even more,” he said. “We get new faces all the time.”
Those new faces get a huge lifeline. And Glass says a simple package of diapers makes a big difference.
“We can definitely see we’re making an impact and helping them provide something that is not so easy to get, but it’s changing not only their lives, but the children’s,” said Glass.
Those with the United Way say there is a huge need for diapers in West Michigan.
“Fifty thousand actually won’t go that far because it’s being spread out over 47 community partners, like the Battle Creek Diaper Network,” said Alyssa Stewart of the United Way. “It can alleviate a huge amount of stress and ensure that that child is safe and dry.”
For Briandria Wynne, it lets her focus on taking care of her family with less stress.
"It's one thing off my shoulders that I don't have to worry about,” said Wynne.
There are donation sites all around Kalamazoo and Battle Creek, including any Kellogg Community Credit Union or “On Staff” office. Organizers said they need sizes two through six and Pull-ups and swim diapers are needed the most.
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