30,000 diapers collected for local parents

BY ASHLEY D. THOMAS
DAYTONA TIMES

Volunteers for the Junior League of Daytona Beach provided diapers Tuesday to Daytona Beach parents at the Volusia/Flagler Early Learning Coalition. The group has collected thousands of diapers since October.

A mom with her 9 day-old son picks up a pack of diapers on Tuesday.(ASHLEY D. THOMAS/DAYTONA TIMES)
A mom with her 9 day-old son picks up a pack of diapers on Tuesday.
(ASHLEY D. THOMAS/DAYTONA TIMES)

“It’s a new initiative for the Junior League this year,” volunteer Heather Costa told the Daytona Times. “In six months, we’ve collected about 30,000 diapers and have started distribution in the last couple of months to the Easter Seals, the Early Learning Coalition and some other organizations. We also have community baby showers twice a year.”

Costa said the group expected 50 people to show up on Tuesday for the diaper distribution. Parents or guardians received about 30 diapers per child, a pack of baby wipes and diaper ointment if requested.

Much-needed donation
According to the league’s website, “Our community has reached out to JLDB (Junior League of Daytona Beach) and requested a necessity that is not covered by the food stamp program (SNAP) or WIC (Women, Infants, and Children) – diapers.  Many infants and toddlers spend the day in a single diaper, unfathomable for many, but it happens daily.

“The JLDB Diaper Bank has collected approximately 30,000 diapers for distribution to families in need in our community. These families are referred by community partners like Early Learning Coalition, Healthy Start, Healthy Families, and Early Steps. The reactions of the families who receive a single donation of 30 diapers per visit is heartwarming.”

Fall baby shower
Costa added, “We are an organization that helps other women and we build leadership skills with other women in our organization.

“All of our projects are based on supporting women and children in the community. We look for those needs and then go out and help fill those needs. We’re always saying if anyone is in need to let us know.”

The group is accepting diaper donations for future events and will host a community baby shower in the fall.

For more information, contact the Junior League of Daytona Beach at jldb.org, 386-253-1756. The office is at 122 S. Palmetto Ave., Daytona Beach.

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