SADDLE RIVER, N.J -- Juliette Voskian, an Upper Saddle River Girl Scout, is organizing and running a diaper drive for her Girl Scout Silver community service project. It will run until the end of March.
Voskian is a seventh-grader at Cavallini Middle School and a member of Troop 5528. She's collecting unopened packages of diapers and will deliver them to the Child and Family Resources Center, in Mount Arlington. The Center will distribute those diapers to families in need.
After doing research, Voskian learned that a typical infant uses up to 12 diapers a day, and a toddler isn't much more economical, using about eight diapers a day. This can cost over $100 a month. She also discovered that when a child stays in the same diaper all day, it increases the chance of health problems and skin diseases.
According to its website, the Child and Family Resources Center's diaper bank has collected "over 350,000 diapers for 1,000 eligible children, disabled and adults." Organizations and individuals are encouraged to host drives of their own, as well.
Voskian's diaper drive began on Feb. 1 and will continue through the end of March. Collection boxes are at the USR Town Hall, USR Library and at her home at 24 Peach Tree Place.