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State and local leaders are coming together Wednesday to provide San Joaquin County residents with free diapers and emergency supplies for children in low-income communities.
First 5 California along with other agencies and nonprofits will hold an “Emergency Supplies Drive Through” event at 620 N. Aurora St. in Stockton to address the dire need of diapers in the county.
Childcare providers and low-income residents will receive an emergency supplies kit containing diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, baby wipes, powder-free vinyl gloves, surface sanitizer, disposable face masks for children, a child’s toothbrush, a children’s book on oral health and a children’s activity book.
First 5 California expanded their emergency supplies program by $2 million as California’s Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development has reported 3,768 hospital visits in San Joaquin County in the four years leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic due to the lack of diapers in people’s households.
San Joaquin County public health officials said when children don’t have access to fresh diapers and are in the same diaper for a long period of time, problems such as infections and skin irritation like dermatitis can arise.
Wednesday’s event will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and items will be brought to people’s cars to ensure contactless delivery.