Free Hygiene Goods for People in Need
By Camille Acevedo
SAN FERNANDO – CA. San Fernando library is giving away free diapers and menstrual products. It’s part of a program dedicated to helping families who are struggling to purchase essential Hygiene goods.
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“The program has been a huge success in our community,” Community Library Manager of San Fernando Library Liana Stepanyan said. “We have distributed over 150
products since the launch of the service.”
Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis backs the program. The Culver City based nonprofit BABY2BABY has donated their brand diapers, baby wipes, tampons, and pads. Sizes for the free diapers range from size one to six.
Prices for diapers are among the many necessities that have increased because of inflation. According to data from NielsonIQ, diaper prices have increased 20% in the past year. Realdiapers.org reports the average cost for disposable diapers for one baby costs around $840 a year and around $70 each month.
“We have new and returning customers who consistently express their appreciation and
gratitude in regards to the program. And the amount of feedback, the positive feedback that we received just really helps to create that community good will.” Stepanyan said.
Upon request families recieve ready to go bags filled with the products.
This library in San Fernando is one out of the five libraries in Los Angeles that are handing out free diapers and menstrual products. Others locations inlcude libraries in Baldwin Park, Willowbrook, Pico Rivera and Lancaster.
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