Newest Do It! Community Challenge, Dollars for Diapers, makes strong start

Newest Do It! challenge sets $50,000 goal


May 13, 2011

APPLETON — More than $1,330 was donated by individuals in the first two days of “Dollars for Diapers,” The Post-Crescent’s newest Do It! Community Challenge.

The fundraiser — which has a $50,000 goal by June 12 — will benefit the Fox Cities Diaper Bank, which assists low-income families in acquiring disposable diapers.

The J. J. Keller Foundation and the Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions each have committed to $10,000 matching grants. In other words, a $10 donation will produce $30 for the Fox Cities Diaper Bank.

“We’re thrilled to help our readers make a difference for this cause,” said Dan Flannery, The P-C’s executive editor. “And we appreciate the generosity of those who have gotten our campaign off to a good start.”

“But the truth is, we’re in need of a lot more assistance to reach our goal.”

The Fox Cities Diaper Bank was established after United Way Fox Cities research showed that disposable diapers were difficult for many low-income families to afford. Most daycare facilities require disposable diapers for infants.

The diapers purchased with the “Dollars for Diapers” donations will be distributed through St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha and The Salvation Army-Fox Cities.

“We launched this campaign on Mother’s Day for a reason,” Flannery said. “This is a great way to help moms who really need the help, and a great way for moms who might have gotten assistance earlier in life to give back. And with the matching grants, every donation is tripled.”

Financial donations will be collected and distributed by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region. To donate online, go to and click on the “Do It!” logo to link to the donation page.

» Today is the final collection day for The P-C’s first Do It! Challenge of 2011, “Sack It to Goodwill.” Donations of gently used clothing and household items will be accepted today at Goodwill locations throughout the Fox Cities to count toward the 2011 campaign total.

Early this week, this year’s “Sack It” campaign had collected more than 381,200 pounds of donations — roughly 80,000 pounds more than last year’s campaign total.

“It would be so energizing for Goodwill and for our new ‘Dollars for Diapers’ campaign to reach 400,000 pounds,” Flannery said. “Neighbors helping neighbors is the measure of a community, and we hope to carry the momentum from one great campaign to another.”