By Kara Patterson • Post-Crescent staff writer
June 23, 2012
APPLETON — The Post-Crescent’s 2012 “Dollars for Diapers” Do It! Community Challenge wrapped up by raising $33,980, an amount that’s 13.3 percent over the campaign’s $30,000 goal.
The fundraiser, which began on Mother’s Day and ended on June 17, Father’s Day — supports the Fox Cities Diaper Bank.
“Hundreds of low-income Fox Valley infants are in a better place today, thanks to the generosity of our readers and community partners,” said Dan Flannery, The P-C’s executive editor. “We continue to be humbled by, and thankful for, their support.”
The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region handles the funds.
The contributions included a $10,000 matching donation from the J. J. Keller Foundation and a $5,000 matching grant from United Way Fox Cities.
“We’re a basic needs funder, and diapers certainly fit that definition for families with young children,” said Mary Harp-Jirschele, J. J. Keller Foundation’s executive director. “We are proud to collaborate on this important community initiative.”
A total of $18,980 came in through 303 other donations, including those in memory or in honor of others, anonymous contributions, or donations from civic and community organizations and businesses.
Corporate contributions include $1,000 from Mills Fleet Farm, $1,000 from U.S. Venture Co. and $800 from Women’s Care of Wisconsin SC.
Campaign proceeds translate into the purchase of diapers for the Diaper Bank, an initiative of United Way Fox Cities.
“We know that one in every three families struggles to buy diapers, and often they have to cut back on other basic needs including food, utilities or child care,” said Nanci Micke, vice president of marketing and communications at United Way Fox Cities. “‘Dollars for Diapers’ makes it possible to truly have a ‘bank’ of diapers that can be distributed on a regular basis through our local agencies.”
The Diaper Bank launched last year after local and national research showed that many low-income families struggle to keep their babies dry and healthy because they can’t afford adequate disposable diapers.
Many child care facilities require disposable — not cloth — diapers for children who are not toilet-trained, and many laundromats do not allow cloth diapers to be cleaned in their machines.
Valley Packaging stores the diapers, which supplement supplies for low-income families who are clients of the Salvation Army-Fox Cities, St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha, the Hortonville Community Food Pantry and Community 2000 in Seymour.
“The Fox Cities Diaper Bank makes a long-term difference in the lives of families who need help,” Flannery said. “Keeping kids dry and healthy goes a long way in helping their parents build a better life for the family.”