WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – A joint effort by a Scarsdale-based group and local government agencies has kept a lot of Westchester families’ pocketbooks fuller … and a lot of babies’ bottoms drier.
Last year, the Junior League of Central Westchester partnered with County Executive Robert Astorino, and the Westchester Department of Social Services to open the Westchester County Diaper Bank.
It’s motto? “Changing Babies … Chaning Lives,” said Junior League President Alison Messerle.
In its first year of operations, the bank distributed 150,600 diapers, or 3,012 packages, to local families in need, she said.
It celebrated its anniversary Nov. 19 with a volunteer diaper packaging event at the Junior League’s headquarters at Wayside Cottage in Scarsdale.
“Diapers are a basic need for children -- as essential as food and shelter,” Astorino said.
Thanking the Junior League and the social services folks, Astorino said the partnership was “helping to keep babies clean, safe and healthy.”
A family does not have to be an existing client of the Department of Social Services to apply for diapers and wipes, although proof of Westchester County residency and a child’s birth certificate are required for eligibility.
Applications can be obtained and submitted at any of the county’s district offices in Mount Vernon, Peekskill, White Plains and Yonkers.
Applications also can be downloaded here .
For more information about receiving or donating diapers, contact the Junior League of Central Westchester by calling (914) 723-6442, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or clicking here .
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