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National surveys have found that one in three mothers experience Diaper Need. Diaper Need, the condition of not having an adequate supply of diapers to ensure babies are clean and healthy, can negatively affect the mental, physical, and economic well-being of babies and their parents.
For example, many families delay changing a diaper to stretch their supply. This can lead to extreme diaper rash, discomfort, and crying. Crying, due to a soiled diaper, can increase the chances of a child being abused or neglected.
Furthermore, without diapers, children can’t attend childcare and their caregivers are then forced to miss work to take care of them.
Currently, there are zero direct government assistance programs for diapers.
Urban Child Institute and several community partners, including Shelby County Government Community Services Agency, Sweet Cheeks Diaper Ministry, Dads and Diapers Inc., and Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, are working towards establishing a diaper bank in Memphis and Shelby County.
Join Methodist Le Bonheur Healthcare by participating in Bundles for Babies: Shelby County Diaper Drive September 22 through September 30. Purchase disposable diapers, pull-ups and/or wipes (any size or brand) and place them in a donation bin at one of the following locations:
An online registry is also available http://bit.ly/BundlesforBabies.
For more information, contact Sarah Farley in communications at Sarah.Farley@mlh.org.