As a member of the Junior League of Central Westchester, I have joined the Diaper Awareness Committee. Why diaper awareness you ask? Well, did you know that some low income families in Westchester are re-using diapers? Yes, you read that right. Parents are washing out diapers and re-using them, which is an extreme health hazard and can cause a series of infections.
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According to the National Diaper Bank Network in New Haven, Connecticut, disposable diapers can cost approximately $150 a month, and unfortunately, food stamps or WIC cannot be used for diapers. Yes, you can purchase candy and cigarettes with food stamps, but not diapers. In today's economy many families are struggling to make ends meet. Working families that send their children to daycare need to ensure they have enough diapers to send with their child to daycare. For a family with two children in diapers, you're talking upwards of $300 a month in diapers.
Simply stated, without new, clean diapers, babies cannot go to daycare or educational facilities, which could cause a parent to be unable to go to work.
For more information about the National Diaper Bank Network, please visit: http://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/index.html
Diaper Drive - Junior League of Central Westchester