Caldwell, ID – The West Valley Medical Center Auxiliary, Inc. is currently sponsoring a diaper drive in support of the Caldwell Idaho Diaper Bank. Four out of five babies in Caldwell do not have an adequate supply of diapers. Disposable diapers are not covered by food stamps, and cloth diapers are not accepted at day care facilities. Without access to day care, parents may not be able to work.

The Caldwell Idaho Diaper Bank was organized in November, 2013 with grant funding from the Idaho Episcopal Foundation and the Caldwell Community Foundation, in cooperation with St. Clare’s Food Pantry. A community-wide steering committee directs diaper purchasing, donations, and distribution.

In the first four months, the diaper bank has distributed more than 15,000 diapers at three Caldwell locations: St. Clare’s Food Pantry, The Salvation Army, and the Seventh Day Adventist Community Center. The need has greatly exceeded initial projections and grant funding alone will not last through the year. Donations of diapers, or monetary contributions, and on-going community diaper drives are urgently needed.

The Caldwell Idaho Diaper Bank has been designated as the first National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) diaper bank in the State of Idaho. It is a non-denominational, tax deductible charity. Disposable diapers or donations may be left at the reception area at West Valley Medical Center through July 15. Checks should be made out to Caldwell Idaho Diaper Bank.

Interview opportunity: Luise Lonergan, Diaper Bank Founder, is available for an interview to further discuss the program. Please call 208.455.3771 to arrange a time.