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Bottoms up! Diaper Drive helps low-income parents

By From page A7 | February 07, 2014

New parents can vouch for this: They need diapers. Lots and lots of diapers.

So CommuniCare Health Centers is stepping up to help out, mounting its fourth annual Diaper Drive from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Davis Community Clinic, 2051 John Jones Road in West Davis. The drive directly benefits low-income families throughout the Yolo County area who are served by CommuniCare Health Centers’ Perinatal Program.

Donations of new infant-size diapers (newborn to size 3) in the original packaging may be dropped off at Davis Community Clinic anytime between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Valentine’s Day, or during regular clinic hours on any following weekday.

Monetary donations toward the purchase of diapers are also accepted with gratitude in support of the Diaper Drive. Checks may be made payable to “CommuniCare — Diaper Drive” and sent to CommuniCare Health Centers, P.O. Box 1260, Davis, CA 95617.

“Virtually all of the mothers in our Perinatal Program are from very low-income households and have very meager resources for providing basic living necessities,” said Jean Mackin, the Perinatal Program administrator for CommuniCare. “About one-third of the moms struggle to provide their new babies with even the most basic essentials such as diapers.

“The community has been wonderful in really stepping up during our annual Diaper Drive in support of these families, either with diapers or with a cash donation for us to buy diapers,” she added.

Last year’s Diaper Drive collected the equivalent of nearly 13,000 diapers through donated packages of diapers and cash donations.

It is the goal of CommuniCare’s Perinatal Program to provide one month of diapers for each newborn in its program. The program expects to deliver on average 48 babies each month — about 575 babies this year. Each newborn uses about 200 diapers in a month, creating a total need for 115,000 diapers to reach the goal for this year.

In addition to holding the annual Diaper Drive, CommuniCare works with community groups, service organizations, sororities and local businesses, to encourage donations all year. For more information, contact Mackin at 530-204-5318 or [email protected].

Enterprise staff

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