STL Diaper Bank: Your change, changing diapers and lives!
Organized by: Jessica Adams
Jessica Adams via Crowdrise
June 14, 2015
The time has come for the STL Diaper Bank to GROW UP already! No more diapers filling up our house - we need an official space! No more "unofficial charitable organization" status - we need legit 501c3 status! We need to be able to take advantage of an AMAZING opportunity to buy 30,000 diapers for pennies on the dollar! We need to join the National Diaper Bank Network, have a staff person, amass an army of volunteers, and build the capacity to change some serious diapers in STL and thereby seriously change some lives.
Diapers are expensive, y'all! At about 25 cents each, and with babies using 5-10 diapers each day (depending on age), a family can spend about $1000 every year just to keep those little tushies clean and dry- and that's not something most low-income folks can afford.
When diapers are in short supply it's bad for babies and mamas. (I know, I know - dads change diapers too. But let's be real, the majority of low income families with kids are comprised of mamas and their babies. So, just let me keep saying mamas - ok?)
First of all, 1 out of 3 moms experiences diaper need in this country. ("Diaper need" just means needing a diaper and not knowing where you're gonna get it.) The consequences of this need are severe - moms experiencing diaper need suffer from higher rates of anxiety and depression and kiddos whose moms don't have diapers end up spending lots of time with dirty, wet pants. Sometimes moms even resort to cleaning out the solids and re-using a diaper - and that's not good for anybody.
As you can imagine, kiddos who spend lots of time in dirty diapers get sore tushies - and those sore tushies lead to tears, and those tears lead to stress for mama, and stress for mama leads to feelings of inadequacy, and feelings of inadequacy lead to less happy time with baby, and less happy time with baby leads to poor bonding, and...well you can see the slope from here, right?
Ok. You've got the basic facts about diaper need. Now let me tell you about what's going on here in St. Louis. In St. Louis City, 40% of the kiddos live at or below the poverty level. That's a lot. The Diaper Bank is the only organization in the St. Louis area whose mission is laser focused on attacking the problem of diaper need in our community. Our goal is to connect the folks in STL who need diapers with the diapers they need - it's as simple as that!
Except, it's also not really simple... You see, for the past 2 years we've been keeping a hefty stockpile of diapers in...OUR GARAGE...and basement...and living room...basically our whole house is full of diapers - ok?
Why so many diapers, you ask? Because we've got two really amazing organizations that we've committed to giving diapers to each month! We give away about 5,000 diapers every month to these groups who are working hard, serving low income folks in STL.
C'mon, you know you wanna change some diapers. Let's change some lives together!