Helping to fight off diaper need in Central New York, the City of Syracuse is kicking off Diaper Need Awareness week.
“I think any parent wants to provide basic needs for their child and every parent is well-intended, bringing their child to the pediatrician and providing them good health care and trying to keep them in clean diapers and healthy,” said Dr. Winter Berry, a pediatrician volunteering at the event. “When they’re not able to do that, often for circumstances outside their control, that can be really stressful for them. To be able to provide that for them is often a joy for myself and other employees in our practice.”
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday at the CNY Diaper Bank’s headquarters in ShoppingTown Mall, volunteers of all ages can help out by counting and wrapping diapers to be distributed to families in need.
“We’re really happy. We have a lot of our experienced volunteers but we also have lots of new volunteers and volunteers of every age, families have come together and we love that when people come together, groups come together to help make our work possible,” said Peggy Liuzzi, VP of the board of CNY Diaper Bank.
Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative created by the National Diaper Bank Network to bring national attention and mobilize efforts to end diaper need, a hidden consequence of poverty.
This month, the organization is hoping to donate 60,000 diapers to families in need. It’s all made possible with the help of volunteers and donations.
For more information on how to donate or volunteer click here.