“Diaper Parade” and Tag Sale to Benefit Berkshire Community Diaper Project
by Aaron Beatty
Advocates and supporters of the Berkshire Community Diaper Project (BCDP), a joint project of the Erikson Institute of the Austen Riggs Center and the Berkshire Psychoanalytic Institute, will take to Main Street in Lee this Saturday, 8:30 am, for a "Diaper Parade" to raise money and awareness regarding diaper need. To join the parade, join the other advocates and supporters at 8:30am at the Town Hall in Lee.
According to the BCDP Facebook page, one out of three low-income families struggle to buy diapers; in the Berkshires alone, 2000 children from birth to age 5 are receiving nutritional help from WIC and likely also have diaper need. Diaper need has been shown to be an even stronger predictor of resulting stress and mental health difficulties in parents than food insecurity (Smith, et al, Pediatrics, 2013). In addition, children who wear soiled diapers are at risk of rashes and infections; their irritable crying may also put them at risk for abuse or neglect from frustrated, depressed parents.
Following the “Diaper Parade,” Kiwanis of Lee will hold their 3rd annual tag sale at LePrevost Plumbing Heating & Cooling (50 West Center Street, Lee) from 9:00am – 1:00pm. This year, all proceeds from the tag sale will benefit the Berkshire Community Diaper Project.
If you are unable to attend the “Diaper Parade” this Saturday, but still would like to support the Berkshire Community Diaper Project, here are a few other ways you can help:
- Make a financial contribution: checks can be made out to “Austen Riggs Center” earmarked for the Berkshire County Diaper Project and can be mailed to: Erikson Institute, Austen Riggs Center, 25 Main Street, Stockbridge, MA 01262
- Donate disposable diapers: disposable diapers can be dropped off at Berkshire Nautilus (42 Summer St., Pittsfield); Lee Food Pantry; Railroad Street in Lee (from 10 am to Noon Saturday, May 2); St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Main Street, Stockbridge); and the Stockbridge and West Stockbridge Post Offices.
For further reading on the Berkshire Community Diaper Project and Diaper Need:
- Read a Berkshire Eagle article about the “Diaper Parade.”
- Read our recent blog post celebrating over 27,000 diapers collected and distributed.
- Visit the Berkshire Community Diaper Project’s Facebook page for more information including diaper drop off locations and how to donate.
- Read a Berkshire Eagle article about the Berkshire Community Diaper Project.
- Read a Berkshire Eagle Letter to the Editor written by S. Daltrey Turner, LICSW, clinical social worker at the Austen Riggs Center and volunteer with the Berkshire Community Diaper Project.