According to The National Diaper Bank Network, one in three families will experience diaper insufficiency. To address this need, Royal Credit Union partnered WEAU 13 News, Festival Foods and United Way of the Greater Chippewa Valley to host a diaper drive benefiting the Junior League of Eau Claire’s Diaper Bank and Feed My People Food Bank.
Thanks to the incredible generosity of the Chippewa Valley community, the 2022 Chippewa Valley Diaper Drive was able to collect 7,461 diapers, 3,968 wipes and $21,000 in monetary donations from May 6-15, 2022.
Emily Cinquegrana, President of the Junior League of Eau Claire explained, “Ultimately it’s the families that are going to benefit, those little bottoms will be covered and they won’t have to worry about rashes or reusing diapers. And the families and caretakers will have the peace of mind that they can put their child in a clean diaper and send them off to whatever child care they have right now.”
Diaper drop off bins were available at all Festival Foods locations in Eau Claire and at Royal’s Chippewa Falls South office on Woodward Ave. Through a partnership with National Diaper Bank Network, the Junior League of Eau Claire is able to purchase 30,000 diapers for $5,000; that’s less than 17 cents per diaper. The $21,000 raised will be used to buy diapers that will be distributed evenly between Eau Claire and Chippewa counties through Feed My People Food Bank.
“Royal Credit Union’s core purpose is to make a positive impact in the lives that we touch. We cannot do that alone,” said Melissa Janssen, Program Director of Community Relations for Royal Credit Union, “This is a perfect example of that. We would not have been able to collected this many diapers or raise such a significant amount of money if we were trying to do this on our own. By working together we are able to accomplish so much more.”
Thank you to the Chippewa Valley community members and business partners that helped make the diaper drive a success.