Twice As Nice Mother & Child, a local nonprofit organization dedicated to providing basic needs to families in crisis, is teaming up with local businesses to “Deck the Halls with Diapers” to combat diaper need in Lake County. The goal is to collect 10,000 diapers in the month of December through diaper drives held by eight Lake County businesses, according to a news release from the nonprofit.
Diaper need affects one in three families and safety net programs like food stamps and WIC do not cover diapers. Families that have an inadequate supply of clean diapers must often leave their children in a single diaper all day, which can result in diaper rash and other detrimental health issues.
“Diapers are an ongoing and high priority need for many families, but especially those that are experiencing financial hardship," Ann Marie Mathis, founder and executive director of Twice As Nice Mother & Child, said in the news release. "Those families must often choose between buying diapers, paying bills or getting groceries. Over 36 percent of parents living in poverty routinely run out of diapers for their children. Infants need 10-12 diapers per day and toddlers need 7-8 diapers per day. With a cost between $100 and $120 per month per child, diapers are an expense that many families struggle to afford.”
Twice As Nice Mother & Child provides more than 75,000 diapers to about 1,800 families in Lake County every year. This year, the organization is on target to provide 100,000 diapers.
The following Lake County businesses are accepting diaper donations from the community. They will be collecting diapers at their locations through Dec. 31 during normal business hours.
• Grand Appliance & TV in Zion;
• The Shipping Point in Gurnee;
• KinderCare Learning Center in Lendenhurst;
• L Studio Lash & Skin Care Boutique in Libertyville;
• Fresh Salon in Grayslake;
• Lake County Press in Waukegan;
• Mowery & Schoenfeld, LLC in Lincolnshire;
• and Anna Shea Chocolates in Barrington.
In addition to donations being accepted at these business locations, monetary donations can be made via PayPal through the organization’s website (www.twiceasnicemc.org). Diapers can also be donated through the organization’s “wish list” on Amazon.
Other businesses interested in participating in the “Deck the Halls with Diapers” campaign may contact Mathis for more information.