The Northwest Community Action Partnership Diaper Bank Network kicked off its two-week Share the Love Pull Ups Drive Monday.
The Diaper Bank Network provides free diapers, pull ups, and wipes to low-income families in Chadron, Crawford, Gordon, and Alliance but is currently in short supply of pull-ups in Chadron.
Spokesman Brooke Smith says through the end of the month, individuals can drop off packages of pull ups at two locations in Chadron: the KCSR/KBPY studios on Bordeaux Street and Gamechangers at 2nd and Main.
Smith, who brought the Diaper Bank concept to NCAP four years ago, says cash donations are also being accepted, but only at the Hilltop Lanes on 10th Street.
The greatest current need is for Pull Ups for both girls and boys in size 4t-5t. Smith says any open or partial packages are being accepted, as long as they are clean and dry.
She emphasizes that any donation, big or small, can make an impact on a child in need and that all the pull ups and monetary donations collected through the drive will benefit the families served by the NCAP offices in Chadron.
The Diaper Bank was begun because there are currently no government assistance programs for diapers or pull ups, and they can’t be purchased with food stamps or through WIC
Smith says 1 in 3 American families struggle to afford diapers, with some reporting they cut back on other essentials such as food or utilities in to afford diapers or pull ups. The Diaper Banke currently serves more than 300 infants and toddlers each month.