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September 10, 2008

United Way organizes a region-wide Healthy Baby Diaper Drive

Sept. 10, 2008
Media Contact: Michelle Wade, 203.772.2010, Ext.202

Ensuring Babies Are Dressed For Success- Sept. 15-21

NEW HAVEN, Conn., September 10, 2008– As part of Days of Caring 2008, United Way is organizing a region wide diaper drive to help children in our community start life healthy and ready to learn by ensuring families have access to diapers. The drive will run from September 15-21 and their goal is to collect 50,000 diapers.
As the cost of basic needs – food, heating, transportation – continue to rise, many families are facing a terrible choice between food or heat and diapers for children. An adequate supply of disposable diapers can cost a family over $100 per month. In low-income households, babies often spend the entire day or longer in a single diaper because the family cannot afford to buy an adequate supply of diapers. Without clean diapers, babies are too uncomfortable, and sometimes too unhealthy, to play and learn. Parents can also become disheartened and disconnected when they struggle to care for their babies.
Change the lives of children by donating diapers to various diaper drop-off sites around Greater New Haven. Sites in Guilford: Wal-Mart and Barnum Financial, Sites in Branford: Blackstone Memorial Library and Branford Parks and Recreation, Sites in North Haven: North Haven Town Hall and North Haven Senior Center, Sites in New Haven: 900 Chapel Street Building, Webster Bank (Elm St.), Webster Bank (Whalley Ave.), TD Banknorth (Orange St.), Stop and Shop (Amity Rd.) and Yale New Haven Hospital (Volunteer Services), Sites in Orange: Orange Town Hall. The diapers will be distributed to families in need through local agencies across Greater New Haven and through United Way’s partnership with The Diaper Bank.
To learn more about the Healthy Baby Diaper Drive and to search for additional diaper drop-off sites please visit http://www.uwgnh.org/.

About United Way:
United Way brings together the caring power of our community to create measurable, sustainable change and to improve lives. To do this we: help identify our region's greatest needs and best opportunities for change; raise dollars and invest those dollars for results; connect people to their caring through volunteer opportunities.
More information about United Way of Greater New Haven's community leadership and how you can help can be found at http://www.uwgnh.org/.

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