5,000 diapers donated to Berrien County Health Department

BENTON HARBOR, Mich. (WNDU) – An organization dedicated to helping mothers and infants, has delivered 5,000 diapers to the Berrien County Health Department in hopes of helping families in need.

Volunteers loaded dozens of boxes of diapers at Temple B’nai Shalom, then made a caravan to the county health department where they unloaded them. All diapers were collected from organizations such as the YMCA, Peace Lutheran, Women’s Service League, St. Joseph High School Rotary Interact, and Kiwanis clubs and individuals.

According to data from the Michigan Health and Human Services Department, nearly half of infants and toddlers in Michigan live below or near the federal poverty level. It’s a problem the co-founder of United Through Motherhood says they hope to reduce in the form of a sustainable diaper bank.

“We’re trying to create a sustainable diaper bank and to do that we need to buy a tractor-trailer full of diapers which we can buy at cost from Huggies for 20 cents apiece instead of buying them from Meijer, the cheapest. house brand for 50 or 60 cents a diaper,” said co-founder Ruth Kremer. “With a sustainable diaper bank, we can take care of the whole county for a year. That’s 315,000 diapers.

Recipients of state and federal aid are prohibited from using funds for disposable diapers. This prevents mothers who want to work or go to school from accessing child care, which usually requires at least a day’s supply of disposable diapers in advance.

The Berrien County Health Department says they didn’t even load the boxes, but they were already getting calls from people seeking help.

“We kind of put them on hold because they weren’t there yet. So now that we have them here, we will process them and be able to distribute them as quickly as possible, hopefully today,” said Candi Gabrielse, Berrien County Deputy Health Officer.

If you or someone you know needs diapers, you can drop by the Benton Harbor Center for Better Health during regular business hours at 100 West Main St., Benton Harbor, Michigan.

You can also call them at (269) 408-2258. It’s completely free, and all you have to do is fill out a form that will help you anticipate future needs.

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Julio V. Miller