EDGEWOOD — Volunteers with Machinists Union District Lodge 751 are once again teaming with community activists to bring help to low-income families and families in crisis in Edgewood and around Puget Sound.
District 751’s Machinists Volunteer Program is partnering with the group Many Communities for the third annual March of Diapers drive.
The drive is an effort to collect disposable diapers and wipes to donate to families living in women’s shelters as well as organizations that support low-income families in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties.
“Please help us as we make a difference, one little tushy at a time,” said IAM 751 MVP Committee Chairwoman Princie Stewart.
Donations of diapers – from premies to size 6 – will be taken at all IAM 751 union halls – including the Auburn hall, at 201 A St. SW – through March 31. In addition, diapers, pull-ups and wipes can be brought to Many Communities partner sites including 2nd peek Boutique at 727 E. Meridian Ave. in Edgewood, and Sozo Realty at 816 Cherry Ave. in Sumner.
All diapers, pull-ups and wipes collected will go to social service agencies, including the Edgewood Community Fish Food Bank.
Over the past two years, members of District 751 and Machinists Union District Lodge 160 have combined to collect nearly 25,000 diapers and pull-ups, and 9,000 baby wipes.
Diapers can be a critical need for women living trying to escape from domestic violence or families that are living in poverty. Even though they are a basic need, diapers are not covered by social safety net programs because they are considered “hygiene items,” said Many Communities chairwoman Cheryl Hurst.
Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents nearly 31,000 working men and women at 53 employers across Washington and California.