MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) – The Antetokounmpo family and the Milwaukee Diaper Mission are teaming up again to launch “The Big Give Back” diaper drive.
“It was really me when I became a mom and saw those awards for real,” said Mariah Riddlesrigger, Milwaukee Diaper Mission board member and partner of Giannis Antetokounmpo.
She was one of many volunteers in the Deer District on Saturday, collecting thousands of diapers from donors and Kroger.
Riddlesprigger says while her family is lucky enough to be able to afford diapers, they know that’s not the case for everyone.
“Having realized that other moms, other dads, other parents, grandparents, love the fact that they had to spend so much to go to a store on top of rent, utilities, plus of everything else, it’s just mind-blowing,” says Riddlesprigger
That’s why Milwaukee Diaper Mission co-founder Meagan Johnson says she and many others are doing the work to help.
“A year ago today, I was a full-time volunteer packing diapers with my mom,” Johnson said.
They’ve donated more than half a million diapers to local families since 2020, something she says she didn’t do alone.
“And it’s mainly due to three reasons,” Johnson said. “Dedication, long hours and the Antetokounmpo family.”
Now they hope to collect diapers and raise $50,000 by November.
She says they have organizations that help match donations.
Riddlesprigger says it’s something she and her partner are passionate about.
“It’s something that brought us together as a couple as well and just being able to give back to our community in any way we can is really important to us,” Riddlesprigger said.
“If people can’t come down [Saturday] they can donate online or they can donate diapers at all nine Milwaukee Pick n’ Save stores,” Johnson said.