With backing of elected officials in Cobb, diapers - especially sizes 4-6 - are being collected throughout September by the Cobb Children’s Fund. Donations should be dropped off by 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square. (Courtesy of Cobb Diaper Day)

Cobb collecting diapers for those in need

Cobb County government and other cities in Cobb are encouraging donations by Sept. 30 which is being recognized as the Barbara Hickey Children Diaper Day.

Especially sizes 4 to 6, diapers should be donated by 5 p.m. Sept. 30 in Glover Park on the Historic Marietta Square.

Until her passing this year, Hickey - with her committee - has been collecting diapers for low-income families each September since 2009.

Low-income families sometimes have to choose between food and diapers because the average cost of diapers is about $100 per month and food stamps do not include hygiene products such as diapers, according to the proclamation approved on Sept. 16 by the Powder Springs City Council.

Day care centers require parents to provide their own diapers, and local nonprofit organizations can dispense diapers to their clients only four to six times a year per client due to lack of resources.

Donated diapers will be given to MUST Ministries, Center for Family Resources, liveSafe Resources, Ser Familia, Simple Needs GA, Communities in Schools and Sweetwater Mission for distribution to help ease some of the burden on hundreds of families with infants that enter their doors each month.

Cobb Diaper Day is a community effort under the Cobb Children’s Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization.

Call 678-296-6501 for pick-ups.

Online donations: CobbFoundation.org/CobbChildrensFund-diaper day

Information: facebook.com/CobbDiaperDay, CobbDiaperDay.com

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