To provide single parents with diaper’s, baby food, children’s clothing and other resources that help them become more self- reliant, strengthen their families and create stability for their children. …
Diapers are expensive and can cost $100 or more a month per child. Unfortunately, diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps and are not provided as part of WIC programs. As a result, parents are forced to stretch their diaper supply by reusing diapers or leaving their babies in dirty diapers longer. Diapers may seem insignificant; but if not changed frequently, dirty diapers can contribute to poor health and stress – severe diaper rashes, infections, discomfort, poor sleeping habits, and lots of crying. Babies who cry because their diaper is dirty will cry that much longer, enhancing the stress of parents already struggling to make ends meet and increasing the possibility of abuse
The Need for Diapers:
– Not having diapers can adversely affect a single parent’s feeling of self-worth as a parent, negatively impacting the parent-child bond.
– Not having enough diapers means parents cannot leave their children with a childcare provider since most require parents to provide disposable diapers for their children. The cycle: if there aren’t enough there is no childcare. If there isn’t childcare, parents cannot leave their babies to seek employment or go to work. No employment means not enough money to support their families.
– Food Stamps and WIC programs do not cover diaper expenses.
– The need is tremendous: a healthy child will wear an average of 50 diapers a week. That’s approximately 2,600 diapers a year for every child.
“In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” -Alex Haley