This year, we’re predicting a total blow-out!
(Awww, come on: You can’t expect us to avoid poop puns; they’re just too easy!)
That’s right, it’s our third anniversary of Diaper Duty, an annual event where we collect diapers for the Women and Children’s Center of the Sierra (WACCS), and we need your help.
On a totally serious note, WACCS helps women escape poverty in order to provide a better life for themselves and their families. To accomplish this, WACCS offers opportunities for women to move their lives forward, with education and employment programs. The WACCS Diaper Bank is available to women who meet income-eligibility requirements on a short-term basis, while those who participate in programs may receive them ongoing.
This year, we have even more locations around Reno-Sparks that will be accepting donations of full or partial packages of diapers. All sized diapers are accepted, but sizes 4, 5, and 6 are in the highest demand.
Our goal for the Diaper Duty drive (which is part of our #25Years25Deeds initiative) is to collect more than 10,000 diapers for local families. Those who wish to donate are asked to bring diapers to the locations below between Feb. 14 and 28:
- Cathexes, 250 Bell St., Reno
- Discovery Museum, 490 S Center St., Reno
- Downtown Vision, 235 W. Sixth Street, Suite 100, Reno
- Immunize Nevada, 427 Ridge Street, Suite C, Reno
- Junkee Clothing Exchange, 960 S Virginia St, Reno
- Our Center, 1745 S Wells Ave, Reno
- Sippees New & Used Kids Clothes, 955 S Virginia St., Reno
North Reno/North Valleys
- Fleischmann Planetarium, 1664 N Virginia St, Reno
- Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, 200 Lemmon Drive, Reno
- UNR Knowledge Center, 1664 N Virginia St, Reno
- Dolan Kia, 9455 S Virginia St., Reno
- Dolan Lexus, 7175 S Virginia St., Reno
- Dolan Mazda, 9475 S Virginia St., Reno
- Dolan Toyota, 2100 Kietzke Ln., Reno
- Prospect Education, 750 Sandhill Rd., Suite 100, Reno
- WACCS, 3905 Neil Road, Suite 2, Reno
- Create & Peace. Love. Hair., 20 Hillcrest Dr. # 20C, Reno
- Katie Grace Foundation, 2200 Keever Court, Reno
- Rounds Bakery, 294 E Moana Ln #10, Reno
- Scolari’s, 4788 Caughlin Parkway, Reno
- Beauty Boutique Salon & Spa, 1550 Pyramid Way, Sparks
- Grocery Outlet Bargain Market, 1300 Disc Drive, Sparks
- Sparks City Hall, 431 Prater Way, Sparks
The reason for this annual drive: Clean diapers are an obvious necessity for families with babies and young children, but they can be cost-prohibitive. Children without access to clean diapers can develop severe and painful diaper rash, and some children have even developed kidney problems.
Not having clean diapers can also affect the mental health of both the mother and the child, and it can interfere with bonding. The increase in stress and added financial burdens can decrease a woman’s progress toward escaping poverty.
But don’t take our word for it.
“When I first visited WACCS, I had five kids under the age of 5, and I needed help. They gave me the diapers, but they also gave me the education I needed to move forward with my life and support my children,” said Patty Sanchez, a former client who now serves as the Bilingual Advocate and Office Assistant for WACCS. “I’ve been working at WACCS for more than a year now, and I never thought I would be able to do what I’m doing. I’m now a certified community health worker, I have completed victim assistance state training, I won an award from Women International and for the first time in my life, I am independent.”
So, if you want to donate, bring a pack (or a few) to a location above; but if you can’t make it to a drop-off location, use the interwebz! Go to Amazon or your favorite online retailer, type in “diapers” on the handy-dandy search bar, and you’ll have a buttload (pun intended) of options — many offering a one-month supply for as little as $30. Send them to Women & Children's Center of the Sierra, c/o Estipona Group’s Diaper Duty, 3905 Neil Rd #2, Reno 89502. Please and thank you.
And when you do donate, please take a picture and share it on social media with the hashtags #25Years25Deeds and #DoingOurDuty to spread the word!