ALLOUEZ — In just three years, 100,000 diapers have been collected and distributed to clients of diocesan Catholic Charities as well as several crisis pregnancy centers. The annual Diocesan Diaper Drive, started in 2015, received triple the usual amount of donations this year.
More than 60,000 diapers were collected during the month of October — Respect Life Month.
“These donations will not only ensure that families are able to provide an adequate supply of fresh diapers for their children, but also help alleviate some of the financial burdens in order to allow families to pay for other basic necessities,” said Jessica Sidon, agency intake/case management specialist for Green Bay Catholic Charities.
Besides Catholic Charities, other recipients of the diapers collected were the Hope Life Center in Antigo, Mother and Unborn Baby Care, Inc., of Appleton, the A&A Alexandrina Center of Green Bay, The Crossing in Manitowoc, Bay Area Pregnancy Services, Inc., of Marinette, Bella Medical in Oshkosh and St. Michael Parish in Keshena.
Parishes also took part in the drive, including St. Edward Parish in Mackville. Pat Coonen, the parish’s New Evangelization coordinator for adults, noted that several large boxes of diapers were collected and donated to Mother and Unborn Baby Care.
The diapers make a big difference in people’s lives, since diapers are one of the large expenses of child care. In their first year of life, babies use an average of 2,000 diapers.
“Dignity for life can be shown with seemingly small things that can make a big difference in people’s lives,” said Elisa Tremblay, Marriage, Family Life, and Pro-Life coordinator for the Green Bay Diocese. “Providing diapers to those in greatest need helps both mothers and babies with one of the largest expenses in the early years. The generous outpouring of support is greatly appreciated and a beautiful witness of respecting life in all its stages.”