Last day to help ‘Dollars for Diapers’ campaign

June 16, 2012

APPLETON — Today is the final day for donations in The Post-Crescent’s “Dollars for Diapers” Do It! Community Campaign, which already has exceeded its $30,000 goal.

The fundraiser, which supports the Fox Cities Diaper Bank, stands at $32,255.

“We can’t thank the kind people of the Fox Valley enough,” said Dan Flannery, The P-C’s executive editor. “Whenever we put a worthy cause in front of them, they respond in a positive and gratifying way.”

Donations made online today, or received in the mail this week by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, will be included in the final total. The “Dollars for Diapers” campaign runs annually from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day.

To date, 278 donations have been made to the campaign, with the overwhelming majority of those from individual contributors. The donations are used to purchase diapers for the Diaper Bank.

“Dollars for Diapers” also received matching grants of $10,000 from the J. J. Keller Foundation and $5,000 from United Way Fox Cities, which developed the Fox Cities Diaper Bank, and continues to oversee the program.

Mills Fleet Farm made a $1,000 corporate donation, and $800 was donated by Women’s Care of Wisconsin.

“One of the great things about our Do It! campaigns is the generosity from all sectors of our community,” Flannery said.

“We treasure the support from all — from businesses to the smallest of individual donations. In this campaign, every dollar makes a difference in the health of a Fox Cities baby.”

The diaper bank launched in 2011 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 aren’t toilet-trained, and many laundromats do not allow cloth diapers to be cleaned in their machines.

Valley Packaging stores the Fox Cities Diaper Bank’s 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.