Sparkles! Early Learning Collecting Diapers & Wipes for Shelter House, Inc. at Crystal City & Fair Oaks
Most of us are trained to think of November as time to donate food to area food pantries. This October, Sparkles! Early Academy is encouraging area residents to get into the giving mindset a little earlier, as the child care center collects diapers and wipes for Shelter House, Inc.
Shelter House is a community-based, nonprofit seeking to prevent and end homelessness and domestic violence by engaging the community, building effective relationships and providing crisis intervention, safe housing and supportive services. Currently, the organization is in dire need of diapers size four and up, as well as baby wipes.
“We are all more likely to think of giving food, clothing or toys,” said Sonia Valdizan, Sparkles! founder and managing partner. “And, donating those items is critical to the operation of organizations like Shelter House. However, diapers and wipes are just as critical for families with young children, but it is just not something most of us think to donate. We are hoping the drive will change that.”
According to the National Diaper Bank Network, infants use up to 12 diapers a day, at a cost of $70-80 per month per child; money spent on these items comes at the expense of funding other Shelter House services, explained Valdizan. Through Oct. 31, Sparkles! will accept diapers and wipes at two of its centers, from 6:30 am – 7:00 pm, Monday through Friday:
- 12001 Lee Hwy, Fairfax, VA 22030
- 1235 S Clark Street Gateway One, Arlington, VA 22202
Directions to the centers can be found online at www.SparklesontheWeb.com, and information on Shelter House is available at www.ShelterHouse.org. Valdizan noted that Sparkles! is a Shelter House Community Partner, and will host other drives for the organization in coming months, in addition to providing childcare to several families living at Shelter House.
“During a very difficult time, Shelter House provides families with hope, and resources, for a brighter future. We are happy to support their inspiring work in any way that we can,” said Valdizan.