Imagine having to choose between diapering and feeding your child. Imagine not being able to go to work or school because you don’t have diapers to send with your child to daycare or an early education program. Imagine your child having to spend from dawn to dusk in the same diaper because you don’t have the money buy the six to ten diapers she needs in a day.
What you are imagining is the reality for one in three mothers in the U.S. who struggles to provide her baby with clean, dry diapers. Those experiencing this “diaper need” have difficulty with stress management and depression, which in turn negatively affects their children’s health and development.
The Junior League of New Orleans has founded its Diaper Bank to help families from the bottom up. Leveraging the strength of our entire membership, we will raise our community’s awareness of the “diaper need,” host diaper drives, buy diapers at a highly discounted rate, provide volunteer support for sorting, packing, and distributing diapers, and store diapers. As part of our new focus of Advancing the Wellbeing of Women, we hope to provide over 500,000 diapers by June 1, 2018 to women and families throughout Metropolitan New Orleans.
How You Can Help:
JLNO always collects diapers and other supplies to allocate to its partner distributors. Diapers should meet the following guidelines:
- Unused disposable diapers can be of any type, size, and brand.
- All sizes will be accepted, including disposable training pants.
- Opened packages of diapers are acceptable. Please label them with the size if they are not donated in their original package.
Unopened unused wipes and diaper creams are also appreciated.
Please note that we cannot accept cloth diapers. Many of those in need use public laundry facilities, which do not permit washing cloth diapers for hygiene reasons. Accordingly, this is a disposable diaper collection only.
Would you like to host a diaper drive at your work, church, or community group or have a collection bin at your business? Click here to download our Diaper Drive Toolkit, and contact firstname.lastname@example.org.