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Diaper Drive

Champaign Family Y to Collect Diapers for Families

The Champaign Family YMCA is partnering with the Sycamore House Pregnancy and Family Life Center to collect diapers and baby wipes for families during a time when parents need help the most. The Champaign YMCA, 191 Community Drive, Urbana will serve as the drop-off location for diaper donations throughout the month of April.

To participate, donors should drop their items directly at the YMCA. Bins will be available by their front doors each day from 5:30 AM – 6 PM, while their Pandemic Childcare Center is open and serving the community. All unopened packages will be disinfected by the Y and delivered to the Sycamore House to be distributed to families most in need of these donations. Please note that there is a more urgent need for larger diaper sizes (4, 5 & 6) but all diaper sizes and baby wipes will be accepted and used!

“The YMCA has always been a place people can count on during times of uncertainty,” stated Paul Waldsmith, CEO of the Champaign Family Y. “Even though our doors to fitness are temporarily closed, our mission to strengthen the community does not stop.”

Recent data reflects that nearly 1 out of 3 American families cannot afford to buy diapers, which leads to health disparities, such as diaper rash, and even child abuse. Infants and toddlers require eight to 12 diapers each day during their first few years and a sufficient supply of diapers and baby wipes can cost families between $70 and $80 per month. The YMCA wants to help ease this burden by encouraging everyone in Champaign County to consider donating to this cause.

The Sycamore House Pregnancy and Family Life Center is a faith-based non-profit agency that offers compassionate support and education in the areas of prenatal needs, child rearing skills, and even relationship information for mothers and fathers. During the COVID-19 crisis, the Center has seen a significant increase of new families who need assistance. This drive will go a long way to help those with young children get through this difficult time. The Sycamore House is open 9 AM-12:30 PM on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursdays at this time. All emergency pick-ups can be done by calling ahead (937) 653-3737 for an appointment; staff will gladly arrange drive-up service.

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