When babies are born, diapers are one of the essentials that families cannot live without. But for many families, providing diapers for their child can be a hardship. Did you know that diapers alone can cost nearly $80 a month per child, and that they cannot be purchased with WIC or SNAP Benefits (formerly known as food stamps)?
Diaper need, or the lack of an adequate supply of diapers to keep a baby or child clean, dry, and healthy, affects one in two American families. For many families, diaper need may mean keeping their child in a diaper longer than they should to stretch the use of that diaper. For others, it may mean missing work or school due to a lack of diapers to leave for their child at child care.
Knowing the effects of diaper need and the struggle that so many families were facing in the community, Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (CYP) launched CYP’s Diaper Bank in May of 2020, thanks to a generous grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation and the amazing support of individuals, businesses, and organizations in our local community. Since that time, CYP has distributed over 7,600 packs of diapers to families in the Dare County community, providing an estimated 241,000 diaper changes for the better.
During the week of September 18-September 24, 2023, Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County will be recognizing National Diaper Need Awareness Week. Throughout this time, CYP hopes to bring awareness to diaper need in the Dare County community and how the community can help CYP’s Diaper Bank continue to provide diapers — a basic need — for families with young children.
There are many ways to help. CYP is in search of businesses, organizations, and individuals who are interested in holding diaper drives in support of Diaper Need Awareness Week. A ‘Diaper Drive Toolkit’ is available for use by anyone who is interested in holding their own diaper drive. CYP is also accepting tax-deductible monetary donations and donations of unopened diapers for CYP’s Diaper Bank. Visit darekids.org/diaper-bank to learn more about how you can help.
Any families in need of diapers can come by one of our regular monthly diaper distribution events, held on the second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month from 9:30am-6:00pm at the Center for CYP in Manteo. This event in September will be held on September 12-13. All diaper distribution events provided by CYP’s Diaper Bank are free for families, with diapers available in sizes newborn-size 6 (while supplies last).
To learn more about CYP’s upcoming diaper distribution events or to find out more about how you can support CYP’s Diaper Bank, please visit www.darekids.org, follow CYP on Facebook at facebook.com/cypdarekids, or call (252)441-0614.