Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First
Chesterfield County Prevention Services
April 14, 2020
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA --- Chesterfield-Colonial Heights Families First is extending its 7th annual Diaper Drive through Monday, May 4 to collect more children’s diapers, pull-ups and wipes for its families facing financial strain because of the coronavirus known as COVID-19 pandemic.
The Diaper Drive, which launched in March, collects new, unopened packages of diapers and wipes to assist hundreds of families across the county and the City of Colonial Heights enrolled with Families First – a nationally accredited program of Healthy Families Virginia, which provides family support services to first-time parents to ensure their children are healthy, well-adjusted individuals ready to start school by age 5.
Out of an abundance of caution, and to adhere to state and federal orders and health recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to limit the spread of COVID-19, the Diaper Drive has suspended all individual diaper donations at drop-off stations at all branches of the county Library and the Chesterfield County government complex.
“We are truly grateful for those that have been able to contribute individually,” said Family First Program Coordinator Ashley Rogers. “But with the libraries closed, and containment of COVID-19 a priority, we must think of the safety of people wanting to help.”
Therefore, Families First is calling on community partners, such as neighborhood associations, local businesses, churches and fraternity and sorority organizations to help collect a variety of children’s diapers and wipes.
While all donated children’s diapers, pull-ups and wipes will be accepted, there is high demand for size 4, 5 and 6 diapers and baby wipes.
“As you can imagine, this has been a very stressful ordeal for everyone, but more so for several of our families who are trying their best to financially maintain and keep their children healthy,” Rogers said. “This is a wonderful opportunity to get your neighborhood, coworkers or civic group to help our families during these uncertain times.”
Since launching the Diaper Drive in March, 15,389 children’s diapers have been collected – topping 14,070 diapers donated last year during the drive.
But more is needed to help families enrolled in the program navigate the murky financial and sheltering-at-home outlooks because of COVID-19.
“I have absolutely been amazed at the generosity of our community pulling together to help those that need it the most during these times,” Rogers said. “It has brought tears to my eyes to see so many take an interest in their community and our families’ well-being.”
Interested associations, organizations or businesses should contact Ashley Rogers at 804-318-8648 or at firstname.lastname@example.org to set up appointments to drop-off their donations in bulk.