April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month and one Aberdeen group is collecting child supplies to help out local families. The Child Protection team is made up of 10 different organizations and businesses working to stop child abuse.
The group found that the need in the community for this type of drive is great.
“It’s important to remember that child abuse is very real. It’s a present issue in most communities, even our own, and unfortunately it’s something that we see here too often,” says Kila LeGrand, Sanford Aberdeen Chief Nursing Officer.
Hosting a diaper drive is one way the Child Protection Team can help out local families. It supplements basic items for area families who may not be able to afford it or children that might have to go without. The Aberdeen area sees a high demand for these types of items being donated through the diaper drive.
“We have a wealth of items from our employees and the community, but it only lasts about a month because the need is so high,” explains Amy Munsen, a patient relations social worker with Sanford Aberdeen.
The Child Protection Team works directly with a variety of families providing them education, support and financial assistance.
Diapers aren’t the only items needed during the drive. Baby wipes, diaper rash ointment and toiletries, like baby shampoo, are also requested. Donations of any size are welcome and will be given to families in need of them.
All diaper drive donations can be dropped off at the Sanford Aberdeen Clinic or the Sanford Aberdeen Medical Center welcome desk throughout the month of April.
If buying child supplies isn’t up your alley, the Child Protection Team is hosting another fundraiser called “Koins for Kids Quarter Craze” on Thursday, April 6th.