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Junior League Collecting Diapers For Head Start

SCARSDALE, N.Y. - The Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW), which serves Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains, is kicking off its Do Your Duty campaign to help ease diaper deprivation in Westchester County.

According to a study commissioned by the Huggies Every Little Bottom program, one in three American mothers struggle to provide diapers for their babies,sometimes cutting back on food, utilities, and child care to find the money. This often leads to babies being kept in wet, dirty diapers for extended periods of time, resulting in discomfort and potential skin irritations. What was also realized is that many mothers struggle with providing enough diapers to day cares because most licensed day cares require a full-day supply of disposable diapers. Mothers, according to the study, sometimes miss work or school because they didn't have enough diapers.

JLCW has set a goal of 2,000 packaged diapers, sizes 3, 4 and 6, for the toddlers attending Family Services of Westchester's Early Head Start program in White Plains. Diapers may be dropped off at the JLCW's headquarters at the Wayside Cottage, 1039 Post Road, Scarsdale, or by visiting the group's website for participating vendors and drop off locations.

According to JLCW spokeswoman Angela Manson, donations are not limited to the sponsor's brand. "Any kind of clean, packaged disposal diapers will be accepted," she said.

The JLCW is part of the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. The AJLI is a major partner of Kimberly-Clark's Huggies Every Little Bottom program, which will donate more than 22.5 million diapers to babies and moms in need in North America in 2011.

According to the group's statement, the JLCW is a non-profit women's organization committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women and improving the community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. The JLCW has served the communities of Eastchester, Greenburgh, Scarsdale and White Plains for more than 60 years.

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