diapersThe Girl Scouts of Rhode Island (GSRI) launched the 15th year of its commitment to a statewide community outreach program, Project Undercover. Girl Scouts from the 774 troops around the state have commenced their month-long mission to collect 350,000 diapers, socks and underwear for Rhode Island’s children living in poverty.

During the month of April, GSRI will be accepting donations of any type of diapers, packaged socks and underwear.

Drop-off locations include: any Cardis Furniture Location, any Girl Scouts RI location, and at the RI Donation Exchange Program (20 River avenue in Providence).

Facts from Project Undercover
– Rhode Island has the highest child poverty rate of the six New England states. While 75% of Rhode Island’s children living in poverty live in six “core” cities (with a poverty rate of 15% or more), every Rhode Island community is home to disadvantaged children, suffering without even the most basic of necessities: underwear, socks, and diapers.

– Lack of adequate diaper supply is a health issue. Infants and toddlers require from six to 12 diapers a day. A child in a low-income home, where one or two diapers needs to last a day, can suffer from extreme diaper rash and sometimes rare complications, such as hepatitis, bacterial and strep infections.

– Lack of adequate undergarments (underwear, t-shirts, and socks) is an educational concern. Children without these basics suffer from low self-esteem and are distracted from their education by physical discomfort.

For more info:
Jeanne Rogers of Girl Scouts of Rhode Island
jrogers@gsri.org
401.331.4500 x.1409

Mary Landreville of Rhode Island Donation Exchange Program
mary.landreville@verizon.net
401.831.5511

Project Undercover is a program of the Rhode Island Donation Exchange Program (RIDEP) in collaboration with the Girl Scouts of Rhode Island (GSRI). Project Undercover seeks to provide much-needed diapers, socks and underclothing to nearly 40,000 Rhode Island children under the age of six that live in poverty. Throughout the course of its over-15-year history, Project Undercover has collected and distributed more than two million items to Rhode Island’s neediest kids.