The Junior League of Lincoln is collecting donations for the second annual Giving Diapers, Giving Love Valentine Diaper Drive through February 15.
Diapers collected will be donated to the Junior League of Lincoln Diaper Bank housed at the Center for People in Need. The goal is to raise awareness and bring relief to the thousands of Lancaster County residents who need diapers.
The Junior League of Lincoln Diaper Bank, in partnership with the Center for People in Need, collects, stores and distributes free diapers to struggling families. Diapers are collected through diaper drives, in-kind donations, and direct purchase with donated funds, all of which are coordinated by the Junior League of Lincoln and the Center for People in Need.
To make a monetary donation, visit www.jll.org.
“The need for diapers impacts the physical, mental and economic well-being of children and families,” said Jena Donahue, president of the Junior League of Lincoln. “One in three families with young children in the United States needs diapers, and the bottom 20% of Americans who buy diapers spend nearly 14% of their after-tax income on diapers.”
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Donahue noted that from donations received in 2021, the Junior League is expected to provide more than 214,000 diapers, “and it could be more once the final numbers are tallied,” she said. “The Junior League of Lincoln has always been dedicated to the service of women and children.”
Many people, Donahue noted, are unaware that government safety net programs don’t recognize diapers as a basic need — they’re categorized with cigarettes, alcohol and pet food as non-purchases. allowed. The only federal assistance program that can be used for diapers in Nebraska is Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), but TANF must cover many other expenses, including heat, electricity, and utility bills. water, rent, clothing, transportation and other basic needs. After covering household bills, little or no money is available to buy enough diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.
Nebraska ranks first in the United States for the percentage of single mothers working full time with children under the age of 6. Most daycares, even free and subsidized ones, require parents to provide a daily supply of disposable diapers (four to six changes during the day). Parents who cannot afford this expense miss an average of up to four days of work or school each month because they cannot leave their children at daycare.
For more information on collecting diapers and other ways to get involved with the Junior League of Lincoln Diaper Bank, visit www.jll.org.
A diaper is a small thing, but every diaper provided by Diaper Bank will have an impact on children and families in need.
Drop off locations:
Ball, Loudon, Ebert and Brostrom: 5733 S. 34th St., Suite 500
Coffee Roaster: 5022 Old Cheney Rd., #3
Edward Jones: 3051 N. 70th St.
Eustis Body Shop: 8820 Amber Hill Ct.
Kia of Lincoln: 1145 N. 48th St.
Lincoln Orthodontics: 6825 S. 27th St., Suite 202
Bubbles and blocks: 4930 Lindberg Dr.
Nebraska Mental Health Center: 4545 S. 86th St.
Pediatric PC: 7001 A St., Suite 100
Paper kite: 4744 Prescott Avenue.
Lincoln Primrose School in Wilderness Hills: 8811 S. 28th St.
North Star Dental: 5800 N. 33rd St.