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Yavapai Diaper Drive seeks donations for local babies, toddlers in need


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This year's Yavapai Diaper Drive poster baby, Amethyst, lives with her mother in Cottonwood.

First Things First/Courtesy photo<br> This year's Yavapai Diaper Drive poster baby, Amethyst, lives with her mother in Cottonwood.

Community members can help local babies and toddlers by donating to the third annual Yavapai Diaper Drive and dropping off new diapers, pull-ups and wipes at collection bins in public libraries from April 16 through May 13.

All items collected will be distributed to organizations across the community that help local families in need, said Claire Louge, community outreach coordinator for First Things First.

"In the last couple of years, we have seen a tremendous need for diapers, and it continues year after year," said Laurie Volcheck, director of the Community Pregnancy Center in Prescott, one of the many organizations that receives diapers donated through the Yavapai Diaper Drive.

Last year, more than 35,000 diapers were collected, and this year the local council of First Things First hopes for even more, Louge said.

"When you have young children, a huge portion of a family's income goes to diapers, especially if you have multiple children at the same time," says Marin Pelletier of Cottonwood, mother of Landon, 2, and Kinsley, 6 months.

A baby uses up to 90 diapers per week, which costs up to $2,000 a year, and for the 22 percent of families with young children in Yavapai County who live in poverty, the cost of diapers can be overwhelming, Louge said.

Those who wish to promote the use of cloth diapers, an alternative to disposable diapers, are welcome to donate new cloth diapers to the Yavapai Diaper Drive, which will be given to local families with access to laundry facilities, Louge said.

People who would like to donate money can go online to www.youthcount.org, and all donations will be used to buy additional diapers and wipes for local families, Louge said.

For more information, call First Things First's Prescott office at 776-0062.