The Need for Diapers:
(Data from Erie Vital Signs, US Census, Huggies Diaper for Every Bottom Campaign & Goerie.com)
- Babies need 6-10 diapers per day
- Diapers can cost up to $75/mo
- Through age 2-1/5 a baby needs an average of 7,000 diapers
- Almost 1 of 6 Erie County residents live in poverty
- Roughly 16,000 children live in poverty and approximately 3,000 of those are in the diaper wearing age range
Diaper need is a silent crisis in the U.S. Nearly 1 in 3 families struggle to afford them. An insufficient supply of diapers may cause a family to fall deeper into poverty. Most childcare programs require the families to provide diapers. Without a sufficient supply of diapers, the child does not receive the care needed for the parent to attend work or school. Insufficient diaper supplies can also impact the health and well being of a child and their family, as undesirable alternatives are used: cutting back on food, utilities, and care, leaving the child in a soiled diaper longer, or cleaning and reusing soiled diapers. This can cause rash, infection, and further stress on both the parents and child. Many federally and state funded poverty programs will not pay for diapers.
Bundle of Hope
Because this type of assistance is unavailable through other programs, our goal is to provide diapers for every bottom so that the children and parents can lead happier and healthier lives. The diapers that we receive are counted, divided, and distributed to local agencies, such as the Fairview Presbyterian Food Bank and Safenet.
We do not give away the diapers to individuals at St. Stephen’s. This is only a collection; distribution happens at other locations.
- Disposable diapers of any size
- Monetary Donations
- Rewards Codes (Pampers or Huggies)
Donations are accepted any time during the year and can be dropped off at the church office.
Other ways to help:
Host a diaper drive with your organization. Collect the items listed under donations and bring them to us for counting, sorting, and delivery. We would love your help!
Thank you to Gannon University’s Phi Eta Sigma for taking on the St. Stephen’s Diaper Bank as their current project, as their donations have helped to make a difference in the lives of those living in poverty.