So How Many Diapers Do We Need?
June 1, 2012 1 Comment
We at NDBN have been blessed by the support of very generous sponsors, including our Founding Sponsor Huggies,which has pledged 20 million diapers. Twenty million is a huge number, so much so that you might think we can end diaper need right here and now. But you would be, unfortunately, wrong. Twenty million is but a drop in the bucket when one considers that there are 5.7 million children under the age of three living in poverty or in low-income families, and that these children need an average of 50 diapers a week for the three years or so that they need diapers. (Infants require 8-12 diapers a day; toddlers require 4-6 diapers.) That means that 285 million diaper changes a WEEK are necessary to ensure that babies are clean, healthy and dry. Over the year, infants and toddlers in low-income families require nearly FIFTEEN BILLION (15,000,000,000) diaper changes. So the 20 million we are able to distribute provide only slightly more than one tenth of one percent (0.001) of the diapers needed.
It is a lot of diapers. To help visualize how many diapers, Eastside Baby Corner in Issaquah, WA has some great pictures of the NDBN/K.I.D.S. distribution this March in their blog post: Want to See What Nearly 100,000 Donated Diapers Looks Like?. Imaging multiplying that number of diapers by fifteen thousand (15,000) to get to the number necessary to help babies and toddlers in need.
We can’t do it alone. Local diaper banks need your support, and if your local area does not have a diaper bank or a diaper pantry in a food bank or other social service organization, consider organizing a diaper drive to help local families get the diapers they need. To learn more about how you can help, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org