Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank to hold diaper drive, fundraising event on Sept. 19 at Sam’s Club
QUINCY — National Diaper Need Awareness Week is scheduled for Sept 18-24. The week draws attention to the issue of diaper need in the United States.
Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank is getting ready to celebrate its three-year milestone since the inception of its 501(c)3 status in September 2020. Since then until now, 414,711 diapers have been distributed to local agencies.
To celebrate its third year and to draw attention to National Diaper Need Awareness Week, Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank will have a diaper drive and fundraising event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at Sam’s Club, 700 N. 54th. CBDB will be accepting donations of diapers size newborn thru size 6 along with wipes and monetary contributions. Individuals or corporations wanting to donate to the local diaper bank can donate online by going to https://www/coveredbottoms.org or send checks to Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank, 510 Maine, Suite 610, Quincy, Ill., 62301.
Adams County is working to address the unmet diaper need through the following partner organizations:
- Child and Family Connections
- Cornerstone-First Steps
- Parent and Child Together
- Transitions – Parents as Teachers
- West Central Child Care Connection
- WIC-Adams County Health Department
In a press release, Anita Hanke from Covered Bottoms Diaper Bank said, “We are grateful for this partnership with all the local agencies who are working together to help address the unmet diaper need our county and make sure no family is without diapers. We feel working together as a collective group that we will be able to provide multiple opportunities for families to get the diapers they need in these trying times.”
One in two families in the U.S. experience unmet diaper need, according to the National Diaper Bank Network, which affects a person’s ability to nurture happy and healthy babies. This need also hinders their ability to go to work and school.
Unmet diaper need is cited as the number one mental health stressor for new parents as most government assistance programs do not cover diapers. Diapers can cost an average family $80 per month per child in diapers. Parents struggling with diaper needs report missing an average of five days of work each month due to an insufficient supply of diapers.
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