Hy-Vee delivers diapers to public health

Fairfield Hy-Vee delivered 339 packages of diapers and 50 packages of wet wipes to Jefferson County Public Health Thursday.

Hy-Vee invited the public to purchase diapers and wipes for a donation box at its store. The company also held a fundraising diaper drive lunch on June 15, the proceeds from which went to purchase diapers and wipes.

Jefferson County Public Health childcare nurse consultant Mandi Lauderman will talk to the child care providers in the county to determine who needs the diapers and wipes the most. Jefferson County Public Health director Chris Estle said employees will distribute the supplies to people with young children who come to the clinic. She said the supplies are much appreciated because diapers and wipes are not included in food assistance programs and other programs like Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

Fairfield Hy-Vee store manager Lindsey Flanigan said this is the first year the store has led this particular fundraiser.

?I had done diaper drives at different stores I was at, and after talking with [Chris Estle], we realized there was a need for one in this community as well,? she said. ?I?ve seen how successful it can be, so we thought we?d try it here.?

Flanigan said the event went so well that she hopes the diaper drive becomes an annual tradition.