United Way’s Day of Action Leaves No Bottom Wet Behind

Fill the Truck Drive Results in 10,000 Diapers & Wipes Donated to the Lakeshore Area

Lakeshore, MICHIGAN (June 21, 2018) – United Way of the Lakeshore spurred volunteers into action to create meaningful impact throughout the community on June 21st for Day of Action, an annual event that mobilizes the caring power of volunteers to create positive change in more than 450 communities around the world.

Traditionally held on the longest day of the year, Day of Action invites volunteers of all ages to rally together around important issues. Last year, tens of thousands of volunteers around the world joined more than 450 United Ways from 19 countries to fight for the health, education and financial stability of every person in every one of those communities.

“With so many of our hard working families struggling to get by, and the high cost of raising a family, it is wonderful that our community came together to wrap up these bottoms” – President Christine Robere

United Way of the Lakeshore will create meaningful activities centered on education, income and health. For the Fill the Truck Drive, the community was able to rally together to help families with our littlest community members stay dry, comfortable and happy. With the help of Two Men and a Truck, the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club and 30 local companies; 9,000 diapers, wipes, lotions and teething rings were donated to baby pantries across the Lakeshore.

On June 21st, volunteers gathered at the Greater Muskegon Woman’s Club and organized the donations and distributed them to 5 agencies. Other volunteers constructed fun diaper cakes to be given away to families. United Way of the Lakeshore would like to thank all the companies involved including Bayer; Muskegon Area ISD; Muskegon County Register of Deeds Office; Baker College; DTE Energy; Comerica Bank; Fifth Third Bank; Gary Nelund State Farm Office; Lakeside Surfaces Inc.; Matt Crosby State Farm Office; Nowak Machined Products; Knoll; Muskegon Public Schools; Norton Family Practice; The Gym; Wolfie’s Pizza; Mercy Health; Target and Parmenter Law.

If your agency wants to be involved in the quarterly Fill the Truck drives, or if you would like to volunteer on our upcoming projects please contact the United Way of the Lakeshore’s Community Engagement Office at 231-332-4006 or email dominique@unitedwaylakeshore.org.

Diaper Fast Facts:
• 40% of Michigan’s population cannot afford basic household necessities
• In Michigan, 24% of family budgets is childcare affordability
• Family essentials costs have risen by 18% since 2007
• Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps
• Infants require up to 12 diapers a day, toddlers about 8
• Disposable diapers cost $70-$80 per month per baby