Mokena state lawmaker holding diaper drive through Oct. 14

Residents can also donate baby wipes and rash creams

Tim Ozinga

State Rep. Tim Ozinga is hosting a diaper drive to support struggling mothers and families, and will be collecting donations at his district office in Mokena.

The donations will directly benefit local mothers in need, according to a news release.

“In preparation for Diaper Need Awareness Week, my office is collecting diapers for mothers in need. Families cannot use WIC or Link to purchase diapers,” Ozinga said in a statement. “I am asking residents to help me address this important need in our community to help mothers and children.”

Ozinga’s office will also accept donations of baby wipes and diaper rash cream.

While Medicaid insurance covers nearly half of births and a quarter of families below the poverty line in Illinois, there are no government subsidies for diapers and wipes, according to the news release.

Ozinga will collect diapers and other items at his district office at 11019 Front St., Suite 1W in Mokena. Amazon delivery service can mail diaper donations directly to Ozinga’s office.

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz

Alex Ortiz is a reporter for The Herald-News in Joliet. Originally from Romeoville, Ill., he joined The Herald-News in 2017 and mostly covers Will County government, politics, education and more. He earned his bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master's degree from Northwestern University.