3,557 Diapers Donated for Diaper Need Awareness Week

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Tina O’Connell and Jill Butts from Albertson’s stand with UWSW Community Impact Coordinator, Shelley Richno beside the donated diapers for United Way of Southwest Wyoming’s Diaper Need Awareness Week Diaper Drive.

SWEETWATER COUNTY– United Way of Southwest Wyoming (UWSW) Community Diaper Bank of Sweetwater County promoted Diaper Need Awareness Week September 24th – 30th.

Throughout this week, UWSW held a diaper drive that collected 3,557 diapers for the Community Diaper Bank of Sweetwater County.

Community members could drop off diapers at Trona Valley Federal Credit Union and Sweetwater County Library System locations in both Green River and Rock Springs, as well as Powertrust and Rocky Mountain Bank in Rock Springs.

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Albertson’s donated 886 diapers and Walmart also donated 564 diapers to the Diaper Need Awareness Week Diaper Drive.

“We hold two diaper drives for the Community Diaper Bank of Sweetwater County a year, once in the spring and another during Diaper Need Awareness Week,” said Kelly Frink, Executive Director, UWSW.

Blake Johnson from Powertrust stands with the donated diapers for the United Way of Southwest Wyoming’s Diaper need Awareness Week Diaper Drive.

“These diapers drives help us continue to support the families in our community that are in diaper need. We appreciate the donations we receive through our diaper drives as well as monetary donations given throughout the year.”

Studies show that a family in diaper need fall an average of 19 diapers short each month. In 2017, over 60,000 diapers were distributed through the Community Diaper Bank of Sweetwater County.

Trona Valley Federal Credit Union participated in United Way of Southwest Wyoming’s Diaper Need Awareness Week by being a drop off location. Standing with the donated diapers are Trona Valley employees Brittany Grave and Paytyn Wilson.

On average diapers cost a family $70 to $80 a month. The Community Diaper Bank helps families in need help lift this financial burden. Diapers are not available through government assistance programs.

Rock Springs Library participated as a drop off location in this years United Way of Southwest Wyoming’s Diaper Need Awareness Week Diaper Drive. Pictured: Rock Springs Library Youth Services Manager, Anne Parady and Public Relations Assistant, Brianna Cukale.

Families in need can get diapers by visiting the Food Bank of Sweetwater County in Rock Springs or Green River on distribution days. Residents can help by volunteering, donating or hosting their own diaper drive. Contact Shelley Richno, Community Impact Coordinator, at 307-362-5003 or srichno@swunitedway.org for more information.

Ella Wilson stands with the diapers donated to the United Way of Southwest Wyoming’s Diaper Need Awareness Week Diaper Drive from the Boys & Girls Club of Sweetwater County.