October Community Service

Community Service this month was collecting diapers for Cobb Diaper Day. Barbara Hickey, a resident of Cobb County, began this program six years ago and it is a staple of the community coming together to help those who are less fortunate. The Cobb Diaper Day collects all sizes of diapers and then distributes them to different nonprofit organizations involved with children. Safe Path Children’s Advocacy Center, Center for Family Resources, Sweet Water Mission, United Military Care and the YWCA of Northwest Georgia can only dispense diapers four times a year to their clients, due to the lack of resources.

Low-income families often have the daily stress of choosing between food and diapers. Prolonged wearing of a wet diaper causes diaper rash and a crying baby leads to more stress in the home.

  •  Food stamps do not include hygiene products such as diapers.
  •   On average, the cost to purchase diapers is approximate of $100/month.
  •   Day care centers require parents to provide their own diapers

The Cobb Business Woman’s Association collect diapers every October to help with the goal of distributing 100,000 diapers to low-income families. Some of the women in our group brought in diapers they had shopped for themselves. Others contributed money to the cause and CarrieCox, our community service chair person, shopped for the diapers to add to the contribution.