Group collecting, distributing diapers to those in need

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

SIKESTON -- Rachel Ashworth knows there's a need for a diaper bank in the Sikeston area.

Ashworth recalled one mother telling her she'd never cleaned and reused a disposable diapers, but she had used clothes as diapers for her child. didn't have money to purchase diapers and had to use a sweater to serve the purpose.

"She used a sweater," said Ashworth of Sikeston, who is the director of the local Adventist Community Services, which is developing the Bootheel Diaper Bank.

The nonprofit organization is collecting diapers through community diaper drives and partnering with local agencies which distribute them to infants in need through established programs like WIC (Women, Infants and Children) and other agencies as part of the project.

"We are starting the program in Sikeston and moving out as we get going," Ashworth said.

Infants and children up to age 3 (sometimes 4) require diapers. Cost and use of disposable diapers depends on the child's age.

The bank's first diaper drive was conducted Sunday at the Walmart SuperCenter in Sikeston but wasn't as successful as at hoped it would be.

"I could've envisioned it going better, but we used the time to brainstorm," Ashworth said, adding a giant box and two packs of diapers along with some wipes and monetary donations were collected during Sunday's drive.

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