LSS Crisis Nursery seeks diaper donationsBabies are a gift, people say, a gift that comes with a hefty price. Paying for formula, clothes, bottles, baby wipes and more can be a bit stressful for some. One item many parents seem to struggle to afford is diapers.
By: Alysee Shelton, Duluth News Tribune
Babies are a gift, people say, a gift that comes with a hefty price. Paying for formula, clothes, bottles, baby wipes and more can be a bit stressful for some. One item many parents seem to struggle to afford is diapers.
“One mother who had run out of diapers was diapering her two toddlers in plastic shopping bags until she was referred to the Lutheran Social Service Crisis Nursery in Duluth,” according to a statement put out by LSS Crisis Nursery.
The LSS Crisis Nursery is hosting a December diaper drive, which will allow parents in need to pick up free diapers for their little ones.
“This is the first diaper drive we are hosting,” said Laura Zahn, a volunteer. “We’ve had a good amount of donations. We hope to turn this into an annual event.”
In addition to receiving diapers, parents also can use the nursery to get help on a crisis phone line, free infant and toddler clothing, and emergency, short-term day care.
“Clients are not screened out by income, religious preference or other information,” said Jessica Ollholf, program director. “We let clients take what they need, no questions asked.”
Diapers can be dropped off at Duluth Grill, Duluth News Tribune, Marshall School, major Super One Foods, Hermantown Chamber of Commerce and more.
Ollholf believes parents are extremely grateful for this drive.
“A lot of mothers say that this drive is a life-saver,” Ollholf said. “They say they don’t know what they would of done if it weren’t for this drive.”
Jennifer McKinney a mother of a 2-year-old, 6-year-old, 7-year-old, 8-year-old and a 9-year-old, finds this drive very beneficial.
“I’m so happy this drive is taking place,” McKinney said. “I recommend a lot of mothers to visit the drive. It’s great.”
If one is interested in donating, the LSS Crisis Nursery is accepting baby clothes, diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6, half a box of diapers, baby wipes, monetary gifts, diaper ointment and other baby items. These items also can be dropped off at the various locations listed above.