Sen. Proos and Walmart present check to aid Great Start Diaper Drive

LANSING—Sen. John Proos and Walmart representatives on Tuesday presented a $4,000 check to the Great Start Collaborative of Berrien County for their second annual Diaper Drive.

“I am proud to work with Walmart to help our outstanding community organizations meet the needs of struggling Southwest Michigan families,” said Proos, R-St. Joseph. “The money we are donating today will go directly toward buying diapers that will be distributed throughout the area to help hundreds of families in need.”

The Great Start Collaborative of Berrien County has been holding its second annual Diaper Drive throughout October. The drive ends Nov. 1 and diapers are accepted at many local businesses and libraries. For information on where to donate, contact Amanda Williamson at 269-471-7725 ext. 1270 or by email at:

“Last year, 20,000 diapers were donated during our drive and were given to local families by local homeless shelters, home visiting programs and community organizations,” said Melissa Church, parent liaison for the Berrien County Great Start Parent Coalition. “There is a lot of need for diapers in the community and diapers are not provided by most support organizations. This $4,000 equals about 16,000 diapers toward this year’s goal of collecting 25,000 diapers.

“I want to thank Senator Proos and Walmart for the donation that will help us achieve that goal and help local families this winter.”

The presentation took place at the Walmart in Niles, which employs about 300 residents and donates more than $10,000 in local community grants annually.

“As a large employer in the region, Walmart is committed to giving back to the community,” said Walmart representative Deena Botranger. “The Great Start Collaborative’s Diaper Drive is a worthy cause that benefits many local families with young children, and we are happy to help make this year’s effort a success.”

Editor’s Note: Audio comments by Proos are available on the senator’s webpage at Click on “Podcasts.”