Palmer Police Department drop-off pointPALMER –
Buying diapers may not seem like a big concern when you are about to have a baby, but as new parents find out fast, it’s an expense that can really add up.
When you consider that an infant needs to be changed about a dozen times a day, you could easily spent $100 a month on diapers. And that’s just for one child. Diapers may be a necessity, but it’s not one that every family can easily afford.
That’s the reason an organization in the Mat-Su Valley is organizing what they hope will be a huge, community-wide diaper drive. The nonprofit HeartReach Center is a pregnancy and family resource center. They serve hundreds of families every year and they don’t turn anyone away. One of the biggest needs is diapers.
“When we look at the number of clients we see on a regular basis and the number of young families in the Valley we are talking about thousands of diapers,” said HeartReach volunteer Susanne Bierderman. “Keep in mind diapers aren’t covered by WIC or Food Stamps, as much as I’m aware.”
The agency has a store room full of diapers. But as full as it seems, it’s never enough.
If you’d like to help, diapers and wipes can be dropped off at the Palmer Police Department until May 10. There’s also a one-day diaper drive this Saturday at the Three Bears grocery store on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway.