diaper need awareness weekSeptember 25 to October 1, 2017

Baltimore Sun Pens Detailed Article on New Diaper Bank and Diaper Need

 

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The Baltimore Sun examined the issue of diaper need and highlighted a new diaper bank, diaperShare,  that has formed to serve the community.

Tabatha Pettigrew never feels more humiliated as a mother than when diapers run low for her two youngest children and she has no money to buy more.

Anxiety builds and she stresses about how she can make what’s left last until her next $600 monthly public assistance check. The 32-year-old dreads the walk of shame when, as a last resort, she will knock on neighbors’ doors in hopes they have some to spare. Worst of all, she feels like an inadequate parent because she can’t provide such a basic necessity.

“It is a big issue if you don’t have diapers and don’t have money to get any,” said Pettigrew, who lives in a Baltimore transition facility for women with past substance abuse problems. “You just feel stuck.”

The article includes quotes from Lynn Erdman, CEO of AWHONN, the nurses organization leading the Wipe Out Diaper Need campaign to raise diapers and dollars for diaper bank programs and NDBN.

Families really suffer when they can’t afford an adequate supply of diapers,” said Lynn Erdman, a registered nurse and CEO of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses, a group that has pushed for ways to ease what’s being called diaper need. “It has become one of those hidden needs in this country.

The full article is available here.

What Is Diaper Need

The lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry and healthy.

Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families.

Acting together — individuals, diaper banks, faith-based institutions, service providers, businesses, organizations and elected officials — we can get diapers to all babies in need.

PROCLAMATIONS MATTER

  • Inform your elected officials
  • Increase awareness within your state & community
  • Promote opportunities for you to talk and help raise diapers & dollars
  • Champion change led by you, diaper bankers, and our supporters

Click here for a list of 2017 Proclamations

VOICES OF NEED

"I recently had a baby girl. She is 3 months old. I also have two other daughters 5 and 9. I raise them all on my own and have recently been diagnosed with a seizure disorder... I can only work part time light duty. Needless to say things have gotten extremely hard in the past 3 months. I really need some extra help in any way possible especially with diapers, wipes and clothes until I can get back on my feet. "

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