Millis Diaper Drive serves over 300 families
Two Frankin High School seniors hold a diaper drive as part of their senior project. Credit: SAFE Coalition
By Sofia Mercier
The Millis Diaper Drive is back! The SAFE Coalition of Millis organized the diaper drive back in 2020 as a way of meeting community needs during the pandemic. With diaper prices increasing by 22% in the last five years, baby products not being supported by financial assistance, and parents willing to donate their kids’ outgrown diapers, the coalition had the space, platform, and clientele to open the diaper bank.
Since the beginning, it became increasingly difficult to access diapers due to increase in cost and decrease in employment opportunities. As the diaper drive grew so did the families of the SAFE coalition resulting in a higher demand for diapers. Despite this, over 300 families have donated to, and utilized, the diaper bank, with the number continuing to grow each day.
The SAFE Coalition can use all types of diapers - baby, adult, and pet – and baby wipes and formula are also needed. Organizers say no other baby items are needed at this time.
As the need for diapers never ceases, the diaper drive is a program the Coalition hopes to continue for the foreseeable future. They hope to continue hosting drives for community events and are always accepting donations. The mission of the SAFE Coalition is to create no-cost opportunities to community members who are seeking support. While the SAFE Coalition of Millis is based in Millis, they welcome people from neighboring communities as well.
SAFE is a regional coalition of community partners in Western Norfolk County (serving Franklin, Foxboro, Mansfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, Plainville, Walpole, Wrentham and surrounding towns) who have come together to provide a pathway for support, education, treatment options and coping mechanisms for those affected by substance use disorder. For more information, visit www.safecoalitionma.org