September 23-29, 2019, during National Diaper Awareness Week, organizations across the country are highlighting the struggle that many families with young children face every day.
A child will need over 2500 diapers and 3000 wipes during their first year of life, at a cost of more than $500. For families who are already struggling financially, this additional expense can be a huge strain. SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) funds cannot be used to purchase diapers, wipes, paper products, detergent or hygiene products, and food pantries rarely have those items available.
There is help available through United Way Bundles of Joy. Last year, this program provided 26,000 diapers to local families in crisis. You can help increase the help available to local families by:
1) Dropping off donations of diapers at the United Way office, 705 S. 24th Ave, Suite 400B, Wausau, throughout the year, M-F, 8-5.
2) Registering for the 0.1K Run to Benefit Bundles of Joy scheduled for October 12. All proceeds will be used to purchase emergency diapers and formula for families in crisis in our community. More info and registration links at UnitedWayMC.org.
3) Taking your Christmas gifts to the Gift Wrap booth at Wausau Center Mall between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Volunteers will wrap your packages for a cash donation or package of diapers for Bundles of Joy.
4) Marking your calendar now for United Way’s Community Baby Shower, held each April. Donations of diapers and infant clothing, blankets, etc. are distributed to families in need locally.