On Thursday, the Coast Guard Foundation, thanks to the Huggies "Camo for a Cause" campaign, received an in-kind donation of 250,000 diapers, which will be distributed to Coast Guard families throughout the country over the coming months.
Huggies, in partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network and the Armed Services YMCA, donated more than 5 million total diapers to all branches of the military as a way to honor service men and women and their families.
From left to right, Captain Michael Haycock, Commander, SFLC; Patti Gross, Vice President of Corporate Giving and Government Relations, Coast Guard Foundation; Kenneth O'Meara, CG-1112 and Commander Matthew Kleiman, Division Chief CG-1112 are on hand to received a donation of 250,000 diapers from Huggies Thursday, June 12. Photo by Talfair H. Brown, Sr.
In order to achieve the widest dissemination possible, local U.S. Coast Guard organizations, command representatives and offices will need to be involved in getting the diapers to families. Families who want diapers should go through their local chain of command Office of Work Life.
The diapers will be distributed over the coming months through various networks throughout the Coast Guard during family events and holidays. The primary way the diapers will be disbursed is the via the Coast Guard's Child Development Centers in the following locations:
- U.S. Coast Guard Academy (North East)
- Training Center Cape May (Central East Coast)
- Air Station Cape Cod (North East)
- Training Center Petaluma (Central California)
- Sector San Juan (Bayamon Housing) (Puerto Rico)
- Base Kodiak (Alaska)
- Base Alameda (Central & Southern California)
- Base National Capital Region (Central & South East)
- Base Borinquen (Puerto Rico)
In addition to distributing the diapers to families through the Child Development Centers, the Coast Guard will tap into other resources, including the Coast Guard Ombudsman Program, spouse clubs, Coast Guard Mutual Assistance and regional Work Life offices around the country. The Coast Guard will promote to families that the diapers are available through these channels, as well.
The diapers arrived at the Coast Guard's shipyard in Baltimore, Maryland on June 14 via the National Diaper Bank Network, a nonprofit organization started by Huggies Every Little Bottom program to help keep kids in clean, dry diapers.
According to Huggies, one-in-three American families struggle with the ability to provide their children with clean diapers. Since 2010, Huggies has donated more than 60 million diapers to families in North America through the Every Little Bottom program.
Because diapers are a basic, essential need for many families, Huggies wants to continue these efforts by showing thanks and gratitude to military families by giving back to those families that need it the most.
"The Coast Guard Foundation supports families in any way possible," said Foundation President Anne B. Brengle. "This donation from Huggies will make a real, positive impact on the lives of the brave men and women who protect our homeland."