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Eight-year-old spearheads diaper driveSubmitted: 05/10/2013
Ben Meyer
Ben Meyer
Managing Editor / Senior Reporter
bmeyer@wjfw.com

Eight-year-old spearheads diaper drive
STEVENS POINT - When you think of basic needs for people in poverty, you probably think of food, shelter, and maybe gas for the car.

But for people living in poverty WITH young children, something else can also be a big expense - and big problem if it's not around.

On Friday, we found a group looking to collect DIAPERS to help those in need.

The United Way of Portage County kicked off their No Child's Wet Behind Diaper Drive today.

One of their top spokespeople might be a little different than what you'd envision.

"Mom and dads can't always get out of the house or afford diapers, because they're apparently really expensive, so this is helping. We're going to distribute the diapers through Operation Bootstrap, and it's going to go to those families that need them," says Ellie Andrews.

Eight-year-old Ellie has done everything from speaking before groups to radio commercials to raise awareness for the diaper drive.

The Women's Fund of Portage County hosted the kickoff for the drive.

As well as collecting diapers, the Women's Fund and United Way want to raise awareness for the issue itself.

"Lots of people can relate to the expense of diapers because they've had children. But they don't put it into perspective to think, 'oh my gosh, if I'm making minimum wage or $10 an hour, to supply diapers to one child can mean 10% of my annual income'. That's a lot of money," says United Way of Portage County Director of Community Impact Patti Cahill.

The drive is also partnering with Portage County businesses and churches.

It officially runs from this Mother's Day weekend (this weekend) to Father's Day weekend in June.

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