The Junior League of Columbus is proud to participate in a statewide campaign to raise awareness of the challenges that face 1.8 million people in Georgia that live in poverty. Participants wear 1 black dress/outfit for 5 working days to highlight how limited resources impacts the ability to afford work-‐appropriate clothing needed for economic growth & to understand how limited resources can affect daily life. The beneficiary of the Junior League of Columbus’s Little Black Dress Initiative is our yearlong diaper drive. Members have collected more than 100,000 diapers to distribute to local agencies who desperately need them. In the past, we our partner agencies have included Damascus Way, Open Door, Russell County Crisis Center, and Hope Harbor.
Disposable diapers cost families approx. $100-$120 a month, and WIC and SNAP don’t cover diapers because they’re considered hygiene products. This leaves some families in poverty struggling to provide this necessity for their children. (Huggies Every Little Bottom Study, 2010).