On Tuesday October 21, a truckload of diapers – 51,000 to be exact – arrived at Republic Plaza to restock supplies for the UVA Diaper Duty program. Assisted by employees from Hilldrup Moving and Storage in Richmond, the staff of the Blue Ridge Care Connection for Children (BRCCC) unloaded and inventoried the delivery. Because of this program, a family who is in crisis or who otherwise needs help obtaining diapers can be referred to social workers in the Department of Pediatrics. The social worker will then verify the need and give the family a voucher to take to BRCCC to be redeemed for one box of diapers. Vouchers can be provided at each well visit for the infant. Diapers are also available to families in crisis referred from local social services. BRCCC provides storage space, maintains the inventory, and oversees distribution via the voucher system.
The UVA Diaper Duty program was started as an intern advocacy project in 2006 and was established to provide diapers to financially challenged families who receive their primary care at UVA pediatrics. The program is a longstanding partnership between the UVA Department of Pediatrics and BRCCC. The program has been maintained through donations, grants, and diaper drives. Last year, we were fortunate to enter into a partnership with the Capital Diaper Bank in Richmond, which has allowed us to maintain a steady supply of diapers in all sizes that are delivered to our door. This is the second year that the Capital Diaper Bank has partnered with UVA to offer this service.
To read more about the program, read the original story that aired on NBC 29 news.
Monetary donations can be sent to Blue Ridge Care Connection for Children, Attention: Sandra Woodward, UVA Children’s Hospital, PO Box 800421 Charlottesville VA 22908.
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