Why are diaper drives necessary?
Diapers are expensive and not covered by most government assistance for needy families. Please read the facts below about the need for diapers.
1 in 3 American families struggle to afford disposable diapers.
When families can't afford transporation, they buy diapers at convenience stores and spend more than at a discount store and spend much more.
The average family spends over $150 per month on diapers
The average infant uses up to a dozen diapers a day and a toddle uses around 8. If a family cannot afford diapers, the baby may stay in a soile didaper all day or the parent might clean out a soiled diaper and reuse it.
Government programs do not help with diaper expenses.
Candy may be purchased with food stamps, but diapers are classified with cigarettes, alcohol and pet food as disallowed purchases.
Day care centers require diapers be provided.
Without a day's supply of diapers, parents cannot use the facility so they can go to work.
Cloth diapers are not an option for the needy.
Most coin-operated laudromats will not allow cloth diapers to be washed in their machines for sanitary reasons. Day care centers do not allow cloth diapers for the same reason.