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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.

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
Crisa December 19, 2007, 10:35 AM

Cloth diapers are a great and cheap option too!

Anonymous December 19, 2007, 10:56 AM

Or, maybe low income people should practice birth control to keep from squirting out kids they can’t afford. Then maybe they wouldn’t need so many diapers and could save up their money so they wouldn’t be such low income losers anymore.

Leslie Kessling December 19, 2007, 10:57 AM

I think this is a great idea! I am a marketing rep for an insurance co that services medicaid families. I’m going to see if we have something like this in our area and make our members aware of it! As a member of the community, I would like to get involved if we have one.

Nicole December 19, 2007, 1:01 PM

Maybe you could contact some local stores and see if they’d sponsor your cause, get them to give a discount to anyone who is buying for your drive, or donate diapers to the drive themselves. It’s worth a shot!

Florestine Chapple January 26, 2008, 2:59 AM

I disagree with the comment about low income people should practice birth control. What about the family on the Discovery Health Channel “The Duggars”, who have (15) kids, without the help from the show and “freebies” they might have a diaper problem too and need a diaper donation.

Amie Lynn November 10, 2008, 10:27 PM

The Duggars are extremely self sufficient and a good example in that matter. Especially in promoting abstinence until marriage, the oldest is now happily married and has his own business and house! How many people can you say that at 20??

adriana May 7, 2009, 8:06 PM

I work in a organization that help inner city families and most are signal mother
and most of the time are asking for diapers theirs time we can provide but at moment we don’t have any is their any we you could help us

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