For people who are are struggling financially, diapers can be hard to come by.
It’s a problem faced by too many American families: Disposable diapers are expensive (upwards of $80 a month); cloth ones don’t work when you don’t have a washing machine; and the federal programs that help impoverished mothers – food stamps and WIC – do not pay for diapers.
The lack of diapers sometimes leads to mothers reusing soiled ones and can impact their ability to seek work, since most child-care centers require parents to drop off disposable diapers with babies and toddlers.
The National Diaper Bank Network, started in 1994, works to solve that problem with a network of organizations across the country that collect diapers and distribute them to needy families.
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The holiday season that is upon us is often a time when we look to give – and to teach our children about giving not just getting – and diaper donations seems a worthy cause to consider.
The Network has two Triangle affiliates: The NC Diaper Bank in Durham (ncdiaperbank.org; 919-886-8085) and The Diaper Train at Saint Saviour's Center in Raleigh (diapertrain.org; 919-833-6400 Ext. 222). There are also organizations in Charlotte, Boone and Winston-Salem.
More info at nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org.