Can you imagine not being able to afford diapers for your baby? That’s a reality for one in three American families today. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, diaper need has a tremendous negative impact on families who must struggle afford diapers along with other necessities:
Families unable to afford diapers are forced to choose between a range of undesirable alternatives that can severely impact the health and well-being of both their child and their household. Many families report cutting back on basics such as food, utilities or child care in order to purchase diapers for their children. Other families report leaving their children in soiled diapers for a longer period of time than they otherwise would have. Some families even resort to cleaning out or drying soiled diapers and reusing them in order to meet their diaper needs.
To raise awareness, the National Diaper Bank Network is sponsoring Diaper Need Awareness Week. September 10-17. All this week there have been events in Washington including panel discussions and a conference as well as diaper drives at diaper banks around the county.
“Millions of families struggle every single day to provide an adequate supply of diapers for their children and that is unacceptable,” said Joanne Goldblum, Founder and Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network. “The purpose of Diaper Need Awareness week is to recognize that there are people in the United States that struggle to provide clean, dry diapers for their children. Diaper banks are able to make a difference in helping people obtain the diapers they need, but there is a lot of work to be done.”
If you would like to help out during Diaper Need Awareness Week here are a few opportunities to get involved:
- Donate to a Diaper Bank – As nonprofit organizations, diaper banks rely on the generosity of financial and diaper donations to accomplish their critical mission. The National Diaper Bank Network lists diaper banks across the country on their website.
- Tweet About #DiaperNeed – Twitter users are encouraged to use the hashtag #DiaperNeed and follow the National Diaper Bank Network on Twitter – @DiaperNetwork.
- Donate to the National Diaper Bank Network – Every dollar makes a difference in providing babies with a sufficient supply of diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy.
For more information on diaper need and diaper banks in your area, visit the National Diaper Bank Network website.
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