SwedishAmerican to Host Diaper Drive to Benefit The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford

One out of three families struggle to purchase diapers and the average infant uses 3,000 diapers in the first year of life. Leaving an infant, toddler or child in a soiled diaper for long periods of time increases their risk of diaper rash, skin infections and urinary tract infections. That’s why SwedishAmerican is hosting a Diaper Drive September 22 – October 20 to benefit The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford, a non-profit organization that offers compassionate help and hope to those facing an unplanned pregnancy. 

The drive kicks-off right before Diaper Need Awareness Week, a time to make a difference in the lives of nearly 5.2 million babies who live in poor or low-income families. SwedishAmerican employees and community members are encouraged to drop-off diapers size newborn to size six at one of the following locations:

• SwedishAmerican Hospital & Heart Hospital Entrances, 1401 E. State Street
• Camelot Tower, 1415 E. State Street
• Renaissance Pavilion, 1340 Chares Street
• 9th Street Center, 209 Ninth Street
• SwedishAmerican Plaza, 2550 Charles Street
• Regional Cancer Center, 3535 N. Bell School Road
• SwedishAmerican Medical Center/Belvidere, 1625 South State Street
• Ryan Jury Child Development Learning Center, 122 Williams Park

SwedishAmerican also is accepting monetary donations and gift cards, which can be mailed to the SwedishAmerican Foundation, 1415 East State Street, Suite 100, Rockford, IL 61104.

“As nurses who work with new moms and families in the obstetric and pediatric departments, we are proud to host a drive that will benefit such a great organization, The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford,” says members of SwedishAmerican’s Women’s and Children’s Professional Development Unit Council. “The goal is to make a positive impact in the lives of local families and decrease the burden on families who cannot afford diapers for their little ones.”

For questions regarding the Diaper Drive, contact SwedishAmerican’s Angie Anderson at (779) 696-4638 or aanderson@swedishamerican.org