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Reporter's notebook: Diaper drive


June 12, 2018

David Stevens

Erinn Burch said United Way collected about 21,000 diapers a year ago; the goal is 30,000 this time.

Helping others can be dirty work. Such is the case with the United Way's latest project - Diaper Drive 2018.

United Way of Eastern New Mexico Executive Director Erinn Burch said about 21,000 diapers were donated to the cause a year ago. This year's goal is 30,000.

Burch said about 2,000 children - birth to age 4 - live in poverty in Curry and Roosevelt counties.

That means many toddlers and babies don't have an adequate supply of diapers.

According to a United Way 211 Cares news release:

• One in three U.S. mothers report they need more diapers than they can afford.

• A typical baby needs 8-12 diapers a day; that can cost up to $120 per month.

• Diapers are not covered by social welfare programs.

The Diaper Drive runs through June 30. Diapers can be dropped off at Albertsons in Clovis, Farmers Market in Portales or at United Way inside the Matt 25 building, 1200 N. Thornton in Clovis.

- Compiled by Editor David Stevens


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