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Ray of Hope conducting drive for diapers& more
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Needed: Diapers, baby wipes, formula, bottles, and hygiene products, to name a few.

This is all part of the Diapers & More drive, the annual month-long donation event benefiting the Ray of Hope Children Crisis Services, going on from now through May 8.

Ray of Hope Executive Director Laura Saunders is aware of the tough times.

“We’re facing our own challenges with the economy right now,” she recently said.

The need is more so than ever.

“We’re servicing more children while seeing a decrease in donations due to the increase in gas and groceries,” Saunders said. “Middle class families are struggling to make ends meet so for these children who are already in crisis due to poverty, homelessness, food insecurity, sexual assault and so many more reasons we provide services – they’re even more vulnerable as prices of everything increase.”

She’s hopeful that community members and businesses will step up to ensure that children receive the basic needs.

“The risks of babies and toddlers not having access to clean diapers can become a serious medical issue. Children sitting on soiled diapers due to living situations they have no control over can create rashes, urinary tract infection, bladder infections and kidney infections,” Saunders added.

Items for the Diapers & More drive can be dropped off at the Ray of Hope office, 113 W. Yosemite Ave., Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., or by appointment.

Information is available at 209.597.0574 or by clicking on to rayofhopesanjoaquincounty on Instagram for updates.