Diaper banks fill a serious need
Babies… 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.