Diaper Need, Diaper Drives and How We Can Help

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All compensation I receive from this sponsored post will be donated by me to DC Diaper Bank. The post is sponsored by the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN)’s Healthy Mom&Baby through a partnership with Mom It Forward

Two weeks ago during Diaper Need Awareness Week, an amazing group of DMV social media women leaders joined me for a Lunch and Learn Diaper Drive at DC Diaper Bank with Executive Director Corinne Cannon. We came together to learn how we can help DC Diaper Bank’s mission to serve the low-income families with children under the age of three who face diaper need.

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(L-R) Lindsay Maines of Rock and Roll Mama & son Atticus, Amy Mascott of TeachMama, JJ Ghatt of Bellyitch, Laurie White of Mom 2.0 Summit, Carolina King of Mama Instincts and daughter Guiliana, Corinne Cannon – Executive Director of DC Diaper Bank, freelance travel writer & A Parent in Silver Spring contributor Guiomar Ochoa, and Linda Samuel of Kid Friendly DC

Diapers are not covered by food stamps or WIC funds, and social service organizations in the DC metro area are in desperate need of diapers. As parents, we all know firsthand that diapers are expensive. Combine that expense we all face with the reality that many low-income families are not able to shop at Costco or store bulk boxes in their homes. Many are forced to purchase their diapers at neighborhood corner stores, where prices per diaper are sky high.

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According to AWHONN’s Healthy Mom&Baby. the poorest 20 percent of Americans who buy diapers spend nearly 14 percent of their post-tax income on diapers! Add to that reality the fact that a fresh batch of 6-12 disposable diapers are required daily by most daycare providers, so if a struggling family cannot provide the day’s diapers, they may miss work.
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It’s a desperate cycle, and one DC Diaper Bank is working to change. DC Diaper Bank provides an average of 100,000+ diapers to more than 3,600 families a month. To date the DC Diaper Bank has donated over 2,700,000 diapers to families in need, and this number continues to grow. AWHONN’s Healthy Mom&Baby, Huggies and the National Diaper Bank Network members like DC Diaper Bank are striving to increase diaper and dollar donations in support of diaper banks throughout the country.

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If you donate $12 to DC Diaper Bank, you will be supplying two weeks of diapers to a child in need! Just $24 diapers can freshly pamper a baby for a month. There are many ways you and your family can get involved through volunteer efforts as well. For instance, at our Lunch and Learn event, I became an official DC Diaper Bank Ambassador, offering my family’s home as an official diaper donation drop-off location. (Complete with an awesome yard sign.)

If you live elsewhere in America, you can likewise help by donating through your local diaper bank— find your local diaper donation site here. You can also donate directly to the Healthy Mom&Baby Diaper Drive at DiaperDrive.org. Every dollar donated buys 6 diapers at wholesale, helping the National Diaper Bank Network give babies in our communities the diapers they need.

Many thanks to Corinne Cannon of DC Diaper Bank for giving us her time to teach us about how we can assist with diaper need personally and in our communities, to the amazing bloggers who attended and to Munchery DC for their generous donation of lunch. Thank you to AWONN’s Healthy Mom&Baby for sponsoring this post and Mom It Forward for facilitating. All proceeds received by me for my social media efforts are donated to DC Diaper Bank.

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