Like many fellow Americans, with the swearing in of President Trump as our 45th President, I find myself contemplating (and praying) about the state of our future. And that future begins with the 4 million babies (that's right FOUR MILLION babies!) who will be born during Trump's first year in office.
To help spark the conversation, I encourage you to read the proposed Infant-Toddler agenda for the Congress and Administration proposed by our friends at ZERO TO THREE.
As cited in their report:
"The science is clear: Investments in the future must start with babies. To build the nation’s economy, create a skilled workforce, and establish safer, more caring communities, comprehensive and holistic policy solutions need to be in place, starting on day one. While no single policy can meet every child’s needs, investments that address the interrelated needs of young children will achieve the greatest return and impact. Four million future scientists, teachers, doctors, mechanics, and athletes are counting on it."
Together, Let's wipe Out #DiaperNeed and help strengthen Idaho families!!
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EAGLE, Idaho – The media is invited to join Albertsons representatives and the Idaho Diaper Bank at the Albertsons store on 4700 N. Eagle Road – between Eagle Road and McMillian Road at 2:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, January 18, for a $2,000 financial contribution and 34 cases of diapers.
“We are a relatively new non-profit, so donations from established organizations and businesses like Albertsons show that we are getting noticed and more Idaho families are getting help. We are grateful for this significant contribution. On average, babies need 10 diapers a day, and that can quickly add up to more than $100 a month, per child. This money will go a long way and help keep a lot of babies dry, and their parents will be able to spend their money on other things like food and clothes,” said Shawna Walz, executive director of the Idaho Diaper Bank.
55 percent or roughly 35,000 Idaho children under the age of three live in poverty or come from low-income f
Diapers are expensive. When people can’t them, there’s a ripple effect. Families cannot leave their children in day care. Older adults who need them can become secluded.
Shawna Walz recognized this need and founded a nonprofit to meet it. The Idaho Diaper Bank provides diapers to any Idahoan of any age who needs them.
The bank is volunteer-run with a small budget, but it is having great impact because of its connections and expertise.
In 2015, the diaper bank received grants that helped it expand into rural Idaho, where low-income families lack access to Costco, Walmart or other large stores that sell diapers at discounts. The bank works with 40 partner agencies, including homeless shelters and food pantries, to distribute diapers. It has a warehouse in Meridian and has begun working with manufacturers to ship diapers directly to rural areas.
Walz, the executive director, answered questions. She worked for 12 years at Nike in senior positions before found
Need more information? Get in touch with Idaho Diaper Bank today.
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