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Dickinson diaper and formula drive ongoing until Thanksgiving

On average families will spend $60 a month on diapers, and formula can cost the same, which is more than some families can spend. A diaper and formula drive was formed by the local Head Start and Early Head Start Policy Council members to fill th...

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On average families will spend $60 a month on diapers, and formula can cost the same, which is more than some families can spend.

A diaper and formula drive was formed by the local Head Start and Early Head Start Policy Council members to fill their shelves to provide for those in need during this Thanksgiving season.

"Not only at the center are they needing things but our community is coming in and asking for support," said policy council member Claire Schlabsz.

Residents can help the cause by buying a $5 coupon book for Herberger's Community Days, which will extend until Sunday or by directly donating monetarily or with goods.

Any size diapers and any type of formula will be accepted. The formula must be unopened for safety reasons.

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Community Action Partnership Head Start/Early Head Start serves the eight southwest counties in North Dakota and is federally funded. Head Start/Early Head Start is a comprehensive early care and education program for children birth to five who meet the federal income guidelines. Children identified with a disability are also served.

Dana Nagle, a member of the policy council said that many people don't even know about the programs offered and hopefully if they come to the center for emergency diapers or formula and realize that you can be helped further.

"Through this hopefully we will raise awareness for people that are in need of diapers and formula that maybe they would qualify for one of these programs," she said. "You might walk in the door for diapers and end up with something else. It's like if you need more it will get you in the door in front of the people who can help you."

As of earlier this week the center has received four containers of formula but no diapers.

Monetary donations are over $800 dollars currently and any money left over from filling the emergency fund will go to other needs like coats and hats.

The community can still donate until Nov. 23 by dropping off donations at 338 First Street Southeast in Dickinson or by contacting Schlabsz at 701-690-6585.

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