Mayor Chris Beutler today encouraged the public to support the Walmart Diaper Drive to help Lincoln families Saturday, October 13 and Sunday, October 14. The donated diapers will be used by participants in two programs of the Lincoln Lancaster County Health Department (LLCHD) -- the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program and the Healthy Families America home visitation program.
Diapers can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at all four Walmart locations:
StarTran buses will be parked near the entrances to the stores to collect the diapers. The agencies have a special need for larger diapers, sizes 3 and above.
The first drive last year's brought in nearly 45,000 diapers (1,205 packs) and 914 packages of wipes -- enough to provide 150 children with 10 diapers each day for a month. The Mayor thanked Walmart, LLCHD and StarTran for providing the community with the opportunity to support Lincoln children and families by donating these essential items.
The WIC program provides nutrition education, breastfeeding support, community referrals and other services to low-income pregnant, postpartum or breastfeeding moms as well as children up to age 5. The Healthy Families America program provides home visitors who help families improve their health status and learn about pregnancy, infant care, postpartum care and breastfeeding.
For more information on WIC, visit health.lincoln.ne.gov (listed under Dental Health and Nutrition Services). For more information on the Healthy Families America programs, visit health.lincoln.ne.gov (click on Community Health Services).