What: Diapers, baby wipes, and diaper rash cream
Where: Rep. McDermed's office, 11032 W Lincoln Hwy, Frankfort
When: November 20th to December 20th
This month long drive will help to address the struggle young, and often single, mothers have in keeping their infant or toddler clean, dry, and healthy. Donations will be collected at Rep. McDermed’s district office and will benefit Catholic Charities expectant mother program and Journey, a local non-profit organization that helps young women and families in need.
In Illinois 52% of births are covered by Medicaid and 23% of families live below the poverty line. However, there are no government subsidies to help purchase diapers and wipes, products which are taxed at the highest sales tax rate.
“It’s the season of giving and in lieu of a food or clothing drive, I wanted to bring attention to an under-served, but still very important, need in our community,” Rep McDermed said. “Most people don’t realize that government assistance programs, like food stamps, don’t cover diapers. As a community, we are measured most by how we take care of those who are down on their luck. I am asking residents to share their good fortune this season and help others who are struggling.”