Diaper banks fill a serious need

babiesBabies… diapers – goes without saying.  But diapers can be an outrageous hit to an already strained budget.  Having a baby costs a lot of money and buying diapers is a big part of that.  And what if you are one of the many who have been laid off from work and don’t have the income for diapers right now?  Did you know that diaper banks exist to provide free diapers to low-income families?

Diaper banks operate like food banks. They collect, store and distribute diapers to families who are having financial difficulties and can’t afford them. Diaper banks get the diapers in various ways: donations by individuals and local retailers, local diaper drives and other activities, and purchases made through fundraising dollars. And while some diaper banks give diapers directly to families in need, they’re usually distributed by local social service agencies such as women’s shelters, food pantries, publicly-funded daycare centers, and through local church programs.

A groundbreaking study reveals 1 in 3 American mothers struggle to provide diapers for their babies. These mothers have had to cut back on basics such as food, utilities like heat or electricity, or even child care in order to provide enough diapers. The March of Dimes is partnering with HUGGIES® Every Little Bottom in an effort to address this issue of diaper need and help get diapers to babies in need.  To kick off the program, HUGGIES® will donate up to 20 million diapers in the United States in the next eight months. As a start, in June, Huggies donated two million diapers given to ten local diaper banks across the country.  The March of Dimes is spreading the word about this essential need.

At the moment, there are only a handful of diaper banks in the nation. HUGGIES® created Every Little Bottom to help support their local work and also to help make millions of diapers available across the U.S.  Read more about the HUGGIES® diaper bank partners and where you can locate a diaper bank.  You might want to consider helping to start one, too.

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6 Responses to “Diaper banks fill a serious need”

  1. Jill Says:

    It’s a shame that no one will promote cloth diapering alongside those huggies. Most cloth diaper makers are too small to do so. For those women who can say, afford to wash their own clothes and have access to a machine, free cloth diapers would be the equivalent of ‘teaching a man to fish’ instead of ‘giving him a fish to feed him for a day’. For those without machines, of course, it would be inconvenient, like teaching a man to fish but he lives in the desert. It can be done, but it’s not easy.

  2. Lindsay Says:

    Jill, you make an excellent point. Fortunately, there are people who are willing to help. Thanks once again for your great comment.

  3. Jacqueline Evancho Says:

    You mention such a great things here and it is always pleassure to read. Hope to hear more and learn from you.

  4. Bob Woodley Says:

    Please let your readers know that there are many more diaper banks than the ones listed on the Huggies web site. I’m not sure why they don’t have a more inclusive list. You can get a better list here:

    http://diaperbank.org/dbanks.aspx

  5. Lindsay Says:

    Great info, Bob. Thanks a lot for sharing it with us.

  6. Jill Says:

    There is NOW a way to give cloth diapers. http://clothdiapers.blogspot.com/2010/11/real-mom-talk-really-making-difference.html

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