The week of Sept. 25 through Oct. 1 has been proclaimed as National Diaper Need Awareness Week by several regional mayors.
According to a release from No Bottom Left Behind Diaper Bank of Johnstown, the designation is designed to inform the community that there are families who cannot afford diapers for their children and diaper banks are helping those families obtain what they need.
“There is also a stigma attached to not being able to provide the most basic needs for our children,” stated Victoria A. Yusko, CEO/founder of No Bottom Left Behind Diaper Bank. “It’s embarrassing to say: ‘I can’t afford diapers,’ and since WIC and SNAP — programs meant to bridge the gap between poverty and access to food — do not cover diapers, families are left to figure out the dilemma on their own.”
Proclamations have been signed by the following participating mayors: Fonda Mayor William F. Peeler, Mayfield Mayor Jamie Ward, Saratoga Springs Mayor Joanne D. Yepsen, Johnstown, Mayor Vernon F. Jackson, Gloversville Mayor Dayton J. King, Amsterdam Mayor Michael J. Villa, Albany Mayor Kathy M. Sheehan and Mayor Gary R. McCarthy.
Throughout the week, No Bottom Left Behind and various supporting businesses will host events, diaper drives and donation sites. Yusko said there is a desperate need for size 5 and 6 diapers, as well as rash ointments.
An event was also expected to be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at Gloversville City Hall during the council meeting in which No Bottom Left Behind will donate emergency diaper packs to the city police chief for officers to carry in their squad cars. According to Yusko, the emergency diaper packs will be a first for New York state.
Monetary donations are also being accepted online at www.paypal.me/nblbdiaperbank or by check payable to: No Bottom Left Behind Diaper Bank, Inc. 530 N. Perry St., Johnstown, N.Y., 12095. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/nobottomleftbehind, email [email protected] or call 518-844-0808.
Donation drop off sites
The Walkin Closets In the Kem Plaza, 4803 Route 30, Amsterdam
Encore Kids Clothing & Accessories, 34 N. Main St., Gloversville.
Mayfield Grill, 8 School St., Mayfield
Twin City Twisters, 535 S. Main St., Gloversville
Highlights Performing Arts Gymnastics & Dance, 32 W. Main St. Johnstown
Walmart, 101 Sanford Farm Shopping Center, Amsterdam
Post Mark Ship & Print, Inc., 61 Elmwood Avenue, Gloversville