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    How $2.50 Can Benefit Your Community

    Reverend Aleese Kenitzer
    Aleese Kenitzer serves as the pastor of Shepherd of the Cross Church in Muscatine.

    Muscatine Living

    Two dollars and fifty-cents. 10 quarters. It might be enough money to plug the downtown parking meters for a month, or enough money to do a load of laundry at a laundromat. On the more luxurious side, that $2.50 might cover a coffee and donut from Dunkin’ on Monday morning, or it might be enough to cover half the cost of a drink at the end of a long week.

    What if I told you that your $2.50 could make a difference in the lives of Muscatine families?

    During the month of May, the Community Diaper Bank is teaming up with Hy-Vee as a part of their Reusable Bag Program which supports local non-profits. Launched in November 2019, the program helps facilitate community support with the goal of making a difference in communities where customers live and work. This month, the Community Diaper Bank was elected as the beneficiary of this program.

    So how does it work? It’s quite simple: every time a $2.50 red “My Heart” reusable bag is purchased at a Muscatine Hy-Vee during the month of May, $1 is donated to the Community Diaper Bank. For those who desire to contribute more, they can do so using the link on the tag of the red “My Heart” bag. Bags can be found at displays around the store and at the checkout.

    It’s no secret, that for the past 15 months, the COVID-19 pandemic has put increasing pressure on families in our area. Often, we think of how families may be short on food, toiletries, or money to pay for rent or medical costs. As any parent will attest: diapers are expensive. When money gets tight, buying all those diapers just may be too much for a family’s budget. Prior to the pandemic, data showed that across the United States, one in three families couldn’t afford enough diapers to keep their babies clean, dry, and healthy. Additionally, three in five parents would miss work or school because they could not afford diapers needed to leave their baby in childcare.

    So, what would it be like if diaper need was no longer a concern for families in Muscatine? What if, instead, they could focus their energy in other places, so as to build a more sustainable lifestyle for their children, and their family as a whole?

    Together, we have that very opportunity before us to close the gap of diaper need in our community. If you find yourself struggling to afford diapers, know that one of our many partner organizations are more than willing to help you out: MCSA, Trinity Muscatine Public Health, Salvation Army, or Lutheran Services of Iowa. If you’re in a position that you are able to give $2.50 in the next month, consider heading over to your local Muscatine Hy-Vee to get your red “My Heart” bag.

    Together, we can make a difference. In fact, we already have made a difference in the lives of many by banding together as one community throughout these past months. So now, even as we head into the summer, keep that spirit of generosity alive, Muscatine. Keep spreading the love. For it is because of who we are, together, that we will continue to build up our community, one family at a time.

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