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United Way, RMH team up to help infants

RMH Healthcare is partnering with the United Way of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County to collect unused diapers and baby wipes to assist low-income families meet everyday needs.

RMH is enlisting the community to help “fill the nursery” with supplies to help local families with basic needs, said Sabrina Shiflett, director, RMH Family Birthplace. RMH will accept community donations through the month of October.

“There is great need right here in Harrisonburg and Rockingham County,” said Sabrina Shiflett, director, RMH Family Birthplace. “If we all contribute just a little it can make a huge difference. Our neighbors need our help.”

Donations of diapers and diaper wipes received at RMH facilities will go directly to help infants and toddlers served by the Hand-in-Hand Resource Mothers program, Healthy Families of the Blue Ridge, Project 4T and Plains Area Day Care, Shiflett noted.

Drop-off stations include the Family Birthplace at RMH and the RMH Wellness Center, located at 501 Stone Spring Road in Harrisonburg.

“For low-income working families, it is often a challenge to make ends meet,” said Betsy Hay, director, United Way of Harrisonburg-Rockingham County. “Our partner agencies suggested providing diapers and diaper wipes so that families can use their resources for food, housing and transportation.”

Hay continued, “United Way recognizes ‘ready children’ as one of the building blocks of a strong community. For this reason, United Way invests in eight partner agencies that serve infants and toddlers and their families.”

Other area partners in the diaper drive include Farmers and Merchants Bank, Costco, and WHSV TV3.

Edited by Chris Graham. Chris can be reached at