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Community Action announces diaper drive

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[April 10, 2012]  Among mothers of babies, 1 out of 3 struggle to provide diapers. Unfortunately, there are few resources and little public support to address diaper need. Community Action is reaching out to the community to help babies in this county receive a basic essential. The diapers will be given to parents who will earn the donated diapers by participating at Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois.

Diapers are a critical need, and together we can make a difference in our community.

Community Action Head Start classrooms in DeWitt, Fulton, Logan, Mason, Menard and Piatt counties and Community Action outreach offices will collect diapers April 23-27. Local grocery stores will also participate as drop-off locations. Diapers of all sizes will be accepted. Bring your donated diapers to a drop-off site to help the babies in your community.

"Shortage of diapers can seriously impact the well-being of those in need," said Beth Fleshman, Community Action Head Start director. "Parents without sufficient resources often allow children to wear diapers for too long during the day, or try to clean and reuse disposable diapers, putting children at risk for staph and other infections. As long as poverty exists, children and adults in our communities will need diapers. No public assistance covers the cost of diapers, including food stamps. By hosting the diaper drive, we want to raise public awareness to this need facing local families."

Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is a not-for-profit agency serving the low-income and senior populations of six counties in central Illinois. For more information, visit www.capcil.org.

[Text from file received from Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois]

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