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'Celebrate Community' combines civic clubs' power this week

Community service will take center stage this week as local Kiwanis, Lions and Rotary clubs participate in a collaborative effort to support the Children & Family Resource Center during the second annual “Celebrate Community” initiative.

Four local civic clubs are collecting diapers and baby wipes at their meetings this week, then will deliver the items to CFRC on Friday, September 15, at 1:30 p.m. Leaders of the Four Seasons and Hendersonville Rotary Clubs selected the project to help local families with an important, but often overlooked, need.

“Diapers are a basic need for babies and toddlers, and just as essential as food and shelter,” said Karolyn Killian, president of Hendersonville Rotary Club. “It’s heartbreaking to think that parents often have to choose between those necessities. We wanted to do our part to help keep the children of Henderson County healthy and safe.”

A lack of diapers can also cause problems for families trying to work or attend school, as many daycare facilities require a minimum supply of diapers to be provided in advance for each child. Unfortunately, the cost of diapers and wipes can be prohibitive for disadvantaged families.

The Children & Family Resource Center is especially in need of diapers sizes 4-6, pull-ups in sizes 2-3 or 4-5T, as well as individual packs of baby wipes. Providing free diapers and wipes is just one part of the agency's Adolescent Parenting Program. Individuals who wish to contribute to this diaper drive may drop off their donations all week at the center’s office at 851 Case Street.