Samuelson, Freeman to hold holiday diaper drive starting Dec. 3

 

BETHLEHEM, Nov. 28 – State Reps. Steve Samuelson and Bob Freeman, both D-Northampton, will be accepting donations of children’s and adult diapers at their constituent services offices.

The diaper drive will be held from Dec. 3-21 at Freeman’s office at 215 Northampton St., Easton and Samuelson’s office at 104 E. Broad St., Bethlehem.

“I am encouraging everyone to  donate diapers during this holiday season because many families in our community struggle to cover the cost of diapers, and having an adequate supply of diapers available is a basic necessity for those who care for children and incontinent seniors,” Samuelson said.

Samuelson and Freeman said they are accepting adult and children’s disposable diapers including newborn to size six, as well as adult diapers and undergarments sizes small, medium, large and extra-large.

“The diaper drive will greatly help families with what can be a sizeable part of a limited family budget,” Freeman said

“We are seeking to collect diapers to help needy families because there is no federal or state safety-net program to specifically cover the cost of diapers, which can run $900 or more per year,” Samuelson said. “And our network of food banks in the Lehigh Valley do not receive regular donations of diapers. Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments.

“Infants and toddlers living in households with little or no access to diapers face potential health risks,” Samuelson said. “A lack of diapers also has serious economic and educational effects because a supply of diapers is usually required for infant and toddlers to attend and participate in childcare programs.”

All donations will be forwarded to the Salvation Army Centers of Bethlehem and Easton. A previous diaper drive coordinated by Samuelson’s office collected more than 2,000 diapers and $800 in donations.

For more information, please contact Samuelson’s office at (610) 867-3890 or Freeman’s office at (610) 253-5543.