MOUNT VERNON - Local residents are encouraged to donate to a diaper drive being held the week of April 27 - May 1 at several locations throughout the community. Knox County Job and Family Services is coordinating the effort with support from the Ohio Children's Trust Fund, Mount Vernon YMCA, Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Interchurch Social Services of Knox County, and the Mount Vernon Fire Department.
The donated disposable diapers will be distributed to low income families.
JFS outlines the diaper need:
- $100 a month will provide diapers and wipes for one child.
- Government programs do not assist with purchasing diapers.
- Babies may be left in diapers longer than they should, causing diaper rash, infections, and other health problems.
- Babies with diaper rash and health needs tend to cry more.
- Babies who cry more have an increased likelihood of being abused.
Specific sites and dates to donate diapers are 10 a.m. 2 p.m.:
- Monday, 4/27, Mount Vernon Public Library
- Tuesday, 4/28, Mount Vernon YMCA
- Wednesday, 4/29, Knox County Health Department
- Thursday, April 30, Mount Vernon Fire Department
- Friday, May 1, First Friday, downtown Mount Vernon 6 - 8 p.m.
For those wondering why cloth diapers are not needed, JFS says many low income families do not have washers and dryers. Also, most laundromats do not permit washing and drying cloth diapers and most daycares require disposable diapers.