The Rotary Club of Parsippany, along with its Interact Clubs at Parsippany High School and Parsippany Hills High School, is holding its first diaper drive to benefit Child and Family Resources of Morris County.
Why diapers? According to the Rotary Club, a normal infant uses up to 12 diapers per day at a cost of about $112 per month. Food stamps do not cover the cost of diapers, so the expense is entirely on the shoulders of poor families.
As the club warns, wet diapers can create serious problems for already struggling parents. A baby crying due to a soiled diaper is at increased risk of contracting an infection. (The same risk exists for dependent elderly people who use adult diapers.) And the added stress can create or further frustration within the family, which increases the possibility that abuse could occur.
To help babies, parents and seniors, Rotarians and their high school colleagues are teaming up to collect diapers in factory-sealed packages for families in need. All sizes are needed, but youth sizes 4, 5 and 6 are especially needed. Adult-sized diapers are needed too.
Cash contributions are also welcome.
Between now and May 5, diapers may be dropped pff at the following locations:
- Provident Bank, 401 Smith Road
- Boiling Springs Bank, 66 N. Beverwyck Road
- Rauchberg Dental, 199 Baldwin Road
- Planned Strategies, 1055 Parsippany Blvd., Suite 105
- John Johnson Dodge, 10 Fanny Road, Boonton
- Parsippany Town Hall, 1001 Parsippany Blvd.
- DR Printing, 1543 Route 46 East
For more information, call 973-538-6666.