April 04, 2016

Diaper Drive Under Way Through April 16

diaper-drive-april-2016Disposable diapers will be collected Monday through April 16 at six drop-off locations in Davis and Woodland for children at the Yolo Crisis Nursery, a nonprofit that provides emergency childcare and help for struggling parents.

Two local service organizations – Soroptimist International of Greater Davis and the Rotary Club of Davis – are co-sponsoring the diaper drive. They ask the public’s help in supplying diapers in sizes 1 through 5 for the Crisis Nursery. Donations will be accepted during normal business hours at the following locations:

In Davis:

  • Edward Jones, 2940 Spafford St., Suite 110. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays.
  • 3rd Street Jewelers, 903 Third St. 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Tuesdays-Fridays, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturdays.
  • Carlton Plaza Senior Living, 2726 Fifth St.; 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sundays through Fridays.

In Woodland:

  • National Town & Valley Properties, 296 West Main St. 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. weekdays.
  • Bella DiMicco Hair & Nail Salon, 606 West Cross St. 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
  • Main Event Barbers, 807 East St. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Saturdays.

“We are so grateful to the Soroptimists and Rotarians for sponsoring a big diaper drive like this,” said Heather Sleuter, executive director of the Nursery. “We go through disposable diapers faster than you can ever imagine.”

Just how fast is that?

“If we’re at full capacity, we can easily use about 100 a day,” Sleuter said. “We’re licensed for 12 infants and toddlers during the day and four overnight. That’s a lot of diaper changes.”

The Yolo Crisis Nursery opened in 2001 to protect the community’s youngest, most vulnerable children from abuse and neglect – and to help their parents or caregivers address their problems. The likelihood of child abuse and neglect is highest when parents or caregivers feel stressed or overwhelmed. The nursery is a safe and welcoming place where parents may voluntarily place their children in times of turmoil. Services are always free for families in need.

On May 3, the Nursery will participate in the regional Big Day of Giving, an online philanthropic event. From midnight to 11:59 p.m., the public is encouraged to make a tax-deductible gift of $50 to the Nursery via www.yolocrisisnursery.org. That amount – $50 – represents what it costs to provide one day of care for one child at the Crisis Nursery.

The nursery’s goal for Big Day of Giving is to raise $10,000 to continue providing critical services for vulnerable children and their families, Sleuter said.

For more information about the nursery, visit www.yolocrisisnursery.org or call 530-758-6680.