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Monday, September 23, 2019
Unless you wear or routinely change one, you probably do not spend much time thinking about diapers. Yet, for infants and toddlers, diapers are a basic necessity for happiness, health, and early learning.
We all know diapers are expensive. However, we don’t always hear about the unspoken issue of diaper need. One in three families cannot provide enough clean diapers for their child(ren). In fact, 32% of food bank clients report reusing a disposable diaper and 48% delayed changing a dirty diaper to make their supply last longer. This puts babies at risk for adverse health conditions like dermatitis and urinary tract infections. Plus, not having the funds to purchase diapers can limit a parent’s ability to go to work because most childcare centers require parents to provide diapers for their child.
This is where Indiana Diaper Bank steps in to help. We believe that every baby deserves a clean diaper. The diaper bank has already made a difference in the lives of hundreds of Hoosier families but needs your help to grow. Since November 2016, Indiana Diaper Bank has distributed nearly 250,000 diapers to families through a growing network of 20 nonprofit partners. The need in Indiana is SO great—that we have several agencies on our waiting list. We need your support to continue to expand our reach and ensure that all babies and toddlers stay clean and healthy. It is hard for many of us to imagine that families struggle with something as basic as diapers, but they do. Every day local families go without.
The diaper wearing ages (birth-3 years) are a critical time in a child's development. Young children must have basic needs like diapers in order to thrive. I took on the role as CEO of Indiana Diaper Bank, because as a parent I understand that when basic needs are met, people are able to focus on the most important thing in a parent’s life – loving and nurturing their children.
This year, Gov. Holcomb has once again signed a proclamation recognizing Diaper Need Awareness Week in the state of Indiana. By acting together — individuals, diaper banks, faith-based institutions, service providers, businesses, organizations, and elected officials — we can get diapers to all babies in need.
Diaper Need Awareness Week is September 23rd-29th and it is the perfect time to take action!
Support Indiana Diaper Banks by:
Hosting a Diaper or Fund Drive -Whether you do it at work, church, school, your neighborhood or among friends and family--nothing builds awareness of diaper need like a diaper drive! It's easy, rewarding, people LOVE to participate. Your efforts WILL make an impact for local families. Sizes 4, 5, 6 and pullups are most needed.
Donating Funds -The Indiana Diaper Bank can buy diapers less than half the price in a store. You can donate by mailing a check, through Paypal, or on our website
Donating Diapers at a drop-off location in Indianapolis. Open and new packages of diapers are appreciated.
Support public policies that allow- low-income families to better afford diapers by calling your legislators and asking them to:
Support a diaper sales tax exemption, and
Support the expansion of TANF eligibility and benefits. TANF provides limited, temporary cash assistance to Hoosier families in deep poverty and the average per child diaper need accounts for more 40% of the average amount of TANF benefits that families receive.
You can find how to contact your lawmakers here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/
To learn more about the Indiana Diaper Bank visit: www.indianadiaperbank.org