CONTACT: Marybeth Levine
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, Inc.
METRO DETROIT COMMUNITY DIAPER BANK LAUNCHES 4th ANNUAL FALL DIAPER DRIVE
CANTON, MICH. (August 15, 2012) – The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a Canton-based nonprofit charity providing diapers for people in need across Southeast Michigan, launched its 4th Annual Fall Diaper Drive today. The Diaper Drive’s goal is to collect 200,000 diapers (or the funds to buy them) by Thanksgiving 2012.
No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare. Nonprofit organizations and state agencies working with families and individuals in crisis consistently list diapers as an ongoing and TOP need. The Diaper Bank partners with these organizations, becoming their diaper resource and increasing their capacity to more fully support our neighbors in need.
An average infant uses up to 12 diapers per day, a toddler up to 8 per day. But in low-income households, a baby may be in a single diaper all day or longer, increasing the chance of health problems and putting the child at risk for abuse. Parents who can’t afford diapers can’t leave their child at daycare to go to work or school. Some children with disabilities never outgrow the need for diapers and seniors who can’t afford incontinence supplies often become home-bound or end up in a nursing home.
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank exists to address this largely unknown and chronically unmet need; the Annual Fall Diaper Drive helps drive donations into the Diaper Bank so that it can fulfill more of its partner agencies’ families’ needs and help through the holidays and start of the new year, a time when donations tend to slow down.
“Our goal for the ‘200,000 by Thanksgiving’ Diaper Drive is, of course, primarily to bring in resources that we can distribute to our partner agencies working with our neighbors in need. But we also hope it helps raise awareness about the diaper issue and engage the community in our mission. We are always in need of individuals, businesses, schools, community organizations and places of worship to run fundraisers and diaper drives to support the Diaper Bank, whether it’s before Thanksgiving or not,” said Marybeth Levine, Founder and Executive Director of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank. “The diapers go out just as quickly as they come in, so we are looking for year-round partnerships and support to help us really make a difference with diapers.”
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank’s mission is to raise awareness about the large hole in the “safety net” resulting in the unmet need for diapers in our community’s most vulnerable populations — babies from low-income households, the elderly, people with disabilities — and build a network to help meet it. For more information, please visit www.detroitareadiaperbank.org.
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