Oshkosh Area United Way (OAUW) distributed over 75,000 diapers to area agencies during a distribution event on Thursday, October 7. Thanks to a generous donation from Kimberly-Clark, OAUW distributed allotments of diapers to area agencies from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oshkosh Fire Station 19 (1000 W Snell Rd.). These diapers will go to families in need in the Oshkosh area.
The National Diaper Bank Network reports, “Diaper need is a silent crisis in America.” One in three American families struggle with access to diapers, leaving them unable to keep babies clean, healthy and dry. Low-income households may only have access to one diaper a day, increasing the risk of infant health problems from skin disease to hepatitis. Access to a sufficient supply of diapers is essential for the health of Oshkosh infants, but too many people do not have the resources to adequately provide for this basic need. OAUW hopes this distribution event can help ease some of the burdens on these families.
“We know that 40% of the households in Oshkosh do not have access to basic needs,” states Mary Ann Dilling, President & CEO of Oshkosh Area United Way. “We are so thankful for this generous donation from Kimberly-Clark so that we may help alleviate the need for these Oshkosh families.”
OAUW extends its thanks to Castle Pierce and Oshkosh Area Community Pantry for transporting the diapers, Oshkosh Fire Department for hosting the event at Fire Station 19, OAUW board members who volunteered to help unload the trucks, and Kimberly-Clark for the large donation in support of the Oshkosh community.