SPECTRUM NEWS VIDEO: Every year volunteers make a push to help buy diapers for people living in poverty across Central New York. It's actually a bigger need than you would expect. Brad Vivacqua talked with organizers, and has the details.
Statistics show that about 50 percent of Syracuse city kids under the age of 5 are living in poverty. And one item not covered by WIC or SNAP benefits is diapers.
That's why the "Make a Mother's Day" drive was started last year by a group of volunteers. It's organized by the Central New York Diaper Bank, a group that works with 17 social service agencies to serve the region wide need.
From now through May 27, community groups, businesses, churches, and even schools are encouraged to begin donation drives. Monetary donations are also being collected to purchase diapers. The goal is to collect and distribute 50,000 diapers through this drive.
And a special drive kickoff event is going to take place Thursday night at Painting with a Twist on Erie Boulevard in DeWitt. The $35 cost for painting, wine, and desserts will help pay for diapers. The event will begin at 7 p.m.
For more information on the event and the drive visit CNYDiaperBank.org.