Public Health District: Need For Diaper Donations Greater Than Ever
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) will host the Cotton Bowl Diaper Drive For Babies In Need on Wednesday.
Community members are encouraged to purchase diapers and bring them to the drive, which will take place from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District office at 201 W. Kenyon Road in Champaign.
Julie Pryde, public health administrator with CUPHD, says diapers are a common concern for many low-income families in the city. A month’s supply can cost parents upwards of $75 a month.
“We see a need for diapers all the time, but it is more acute now than it has ever been,” Pryde said. “We’re seeing families who have children who they have to keep in diapers longer than is necessary.”
Pryde says some families may try to stretch their diaper supply by changing them less frequently, which can cause health problems for babies, including skin rashes and urinary tract infections.
Diaper donations will be given to the Bottom Line Diaper Bank, which supplies diapers to Champaign County social service agencies. The Diaper Bank also provides diapers to CUPHD for babies in the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) and Healthworks programs.
In addition to drop-off diaper donations, CUPHD will also accept monetary donations or you can purchase diapers online through their Amazon wishlist.