Reno, Nev. (March 15, 2018) Now in its third year, the Estipona Group’s Diaper Duty (which is part of its #25Years25Deeds initiative) collected 14,180 diapers for families served through the Women & Children’s Center of the Sierra (WACCS) this year, breaking its record from previous years.
“We’re so proud of this outpouring from the community — a community that clearly cares about the struggles facing local moms and babies — and we’re also beyond grateful to our partner drop-off locations,” said Estipona Group President/CEO Edward Estipona.
Participating drop-off locations included: Cathexes, Discovery Museum, Downtown Vision, Immunize Nevada, Junkee Clothing Exchange, Our Center, Sippees New & Used Kids Clothes, Fleischmann Planetarium, Outlet Bargain Market, UNR Knowledge Center, Dolan Kia, Dolan Lexus, Dolan Mazda, Dolan Toyota, Prospect Education, Create & Peace. Love. Hair., Katie Grace Foundation, Nurturing Nest, Rounds Bakery, Scolari’s Caughlin Ranch, Beauty Boutique Salon & Spa and Sparks City Hall.
The inspiration for the drive: The knowledge that clean diapers are an obvious necessity for families with babies and young children, but they can be cost-prohibitive. That’s where WACCS steps in with its diaper bank, which is accessible to women who meet income requirements and take classes designed to help them escape poverty. WACCS has seen first-hand that 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.
“When I first visited WACCS, I had five kids under the age of 5, and I needed help,” said Patty Sanchez, a former client who now serves as the Bilingual Advocate and Office Assistant for WACCS. “They gave me the diapers, but they also gave me the education I needed to move forward with my life and support my children. 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.”
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