Donating diapers to low-income families might be the best gift of all.
When we read an article in the New York Times that reported one of the biggest needs of those living below the poverty line is diapers, we were shocked. Luckily, to combat this diaper deficiency, several "diaper banks" have opened across the country. Joanne Samuel Goldblum, founder of the New Haven Diaper Bank in Connecticut says, "People at the poverty level cannot keep up with basic needs--toilet paper, toothbrushes, feminine supplies and diapers." According to the New Haven Diaper Bank Web site, "Infants need up to 12 diapers a day; toddlers about eight diapers a day. In low-income households, babies may spend the whole day or longer in a single diaper." If you don't have a diaper bank in your city, check with your local chapter of food banks, Toys for Tots, or fire stations to see if they'll accept diapers.