WellStar School of Nursing donates diapers to families in need
Students and faculty collect more than 5,000 diapers for low-income families
KENNESAW, Ga. (Oct 31, 2016) — Kennesaw State University nursing students and faculty made a big contribution to help low-income families provide for their children.
The WellStar School of Nursing donated more than 5,000 diapers to the eighth annual Cobb County Diaper Day. The communitywide effort assists five nonprofit organizations in providing diapers to local families in need.
The Kennesaw State nursing student body, Student Nurses Association and nursing faculty conducted a challenge to see which group could donate the most diapers. Their total contribution of 5,044 helped organizers exceed this year’s goal to collect 100,000 diapers through the month of October.
“I love being involved in this drive because I want to be a labor and delivery nurse,” said Carissa DeBenedetto, a senior in the WellStar School of Nursing. “Caring for families with need is a way to become a nurse advocate, and this ties in well with what we are learning in class and what we are doing in the actual clinical setting.”
Dressed in their Kennesaw State nursing uniforms, students volunteered to help count and sort diapers during the Cobb County Diaper Day on Oct. 24 at Marietta Square. The nursing students also received $180 in cash donations, which translates to six diapers for every dollar, said Dr. Heather Quaile, a clinical nursing faculty member in the WellStar School of Nursing.
“I cannot tell you how proud I am of the KSU students who donated diapers and also the ones who came with me to the Cobb County Diaper Day,” Quaile said. “This was the largest record of collections in eight years, and I am thrilled our nurses were a part of this.”
Quaile is a member of and nurse consultant for the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), which teamed up with Cobb County Diaper Day on the month-long diaper drive. No federal program such as WIC or SNAP exists for diapers, so families in need must rely on nonprofit diaper banks or other donors.
One in three families in the United States does not have enough diapers to keep their babies clean, dry and healthy, according to the AWHONN. That puts more than 5.3 million children living in low-income families at risk for serious rash or infection when families reuse diapers.
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