IAM 751 collecting diapers for children in shelters

SEATTLE — IAM 751 Machinists are collecting diapers to support women with young children while they’re living at two King County women’s shelters.

diapersThe union will collect diapers – newborn through Size 5 – as well as pull-ups at all Machinists Union District Lodge 751 union halls in Puget Sound through Feb. 13. IAM 751’s local lodges also will collect the diapers at their February union meetings as well.

The diapers will benefit women staying at Mary’s Place in Seattle and the Domestic Abuse Women’s Network in Tukwila.

“Diapers can be really expensive for women who are living in shelters during a time of crisis,” said Rob Curran, the chairman of IAM 751’s Machinists Volunteer Program committee.

Diapers are not covered by social welfare programs that help low-income mothers because they are considered a “hygiene item.” As a result, studies show, more than 30 percent of mothers living in poverty have run out of clean diapers for their infants. That leads them to unhealthy shortcuts – like reusing soiled disposable diapers.

This can lead to diaper rash, which makes babies more likely to cry, which raises the stress on mothers who already are trying to cope with a crisis.

“All of us who are parents understand how critical clean diapers are to babies and their mothers,” said union President Jon Holden. “Our union is committed to making our communities better places to live, for our members and our neighbors, and this diaper drive is one more way we can do that.”

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 33,000 working men and women at 51 employers across Washington and California.

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