Perhaps you were there or at least saw it on the news – County Executive Rob Astorino announced the formation of the Westchester County Diaper Bank, a partnership between Westchester County and the JLCW, at the 9-11 Serve and Remember event at the Westchester County Center. The Diaper Bank exists to provide diapers for free as temporary assistance for families in need. During the press conference, we thanked the Westchester Coalition for the Hungry and Homeless for their donation of 50,000 diapers and the Authentic Church for their donation of 9,000 diapers. Throughout the afternoon, volunteers sorted and packed over 14,000 diapers! What a kick-off!
On November 24, 2014 the County Executive joined JLCW President, Nikki Hahn, at Wayside Cottage for a ribbon-cutting ceremony symbolizing the official opening of the Westchester County Diaper Bank. The celebration, like the 9-11 event, drew press. As the word spread, applications for diapers began to arrive – via email and snail mail.
We conducted our first diaper distribution via the four Department of Social Services district offices on December 18, 2014. Each of 100 children received a package of 50 diapers (1 week’s supply), wipes, and a health tips insert (in English and Spanish), which – easy math – translates to 5,000 diapers. Another 100 children received a week’s worth of diapers on January22, 2015, We will continue to distribute diapers in this fashion once a month.
Our success relates to the support we have received from the JLCW members who have packed and sorted diapers, run drives, and spread the word about diaper need. We could not do our work without the community’s help. To learn how you can aid with this cause, please click here – run a drive, drop off diapers at Wayside Cottage, or simply make a monetary donation online. Currently, we are in greater need of larger sized diapers (4, 5, or 6), but any and all gifts are welcome! THANK YOU to all of you who have already helped our cause – including you little elves who have very quietly placed diapers in our box on the porch!
We’ve only just begun!!