Community collects $12,221 in diapers and donations for United Way effort

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As part of its fifth annual No Child’s Wet Behind Community Diaper Drive, United Way of Portage County collected $12,221 in diaper and monetary donations to continue to fill a need in the community.

Many local individuals, businesses, and churches, participated in the diaper drive throughout the month-long effort, said Laura Pfeil, United Way of Portage County Community Services Manager. The donation total includes a $3,000 matching grant from the Women’s Fund of Portage County, donations from Sentry Cares, AIG, Associated Bank, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, and community members. For the fifth consecutive year, NAPA Distribution acted as the major collection site during the wrap-up of the drive.

Pfeil said since its inception in 2013, the diaper drive has been filling a need many local agencies identified as a top issue facing struggling families, which can often result in health issues for infants and toddlers whose diapers are not changed as frequently as they should.

“The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze me,” said Pfeil. “It is because of members in the community that we are able to keep so many baby bottoms dry, year after year.”

Although the diaper drive is over, monetary donations can still be dropped off at or sent to United Way of Portage County, c/o No Child's Wet Behind Community Diaper Drive, 1100 Centerpoint Dr., #302, Stevens Point, WI 54481.

Requests for diapers should be made through Emergency Services. The primary source for distribution of diapers will be Operation Bootstrap. Emergency and holiday distribution will be provided through other programs serving income-qualified families.

For more information, contact United Way at 715-341-6740 or uway@unitedwaypoco.org.