DIAPER BANK OF THE OZARKS

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FACTS


1 in 3 families struggle to provide enough diapers each day to keep their babies clean and dry.

Families are making the choice between groceries and diapers.

 Diapers become a luxury rather than a necessity.

Babies need an average of 6-10 changes a day to stay clean, dry and healthy.  
Average annual cost is $1,000.  (over $80 monthly)

No Federal programs currently provide assistance for the purchase of diapers.

This increasing concern is known as "Diaper Need".

URGENT UPDATE
Over the past few months the number of families seeking help with diapers has drastically increased.  We have increased  distributions to our current agencies from 10,000 a month to 12-13,000.  We have agencies seeking our help being placed on a waiting list.  The reduction in Food Stamps effective November 1st will do nothing but add to "Diaper Need" in our community.


What is a Diaper Bank?

A Diaper Bank is the store house and it supplies diapers to Partnering Agencies.  It is the Partnering Agencies who distribute diapers to the families in need.  While the Diaper Bank supplies the needed diapers to the community, it relies on other members of the community to hold Diaper Drives, Diaper Showers, and for individuals and businesses to provide monetary and in-kind donations to sustain the supply in the store house.


Disposable or Cloth Diapers?
See our "Cloth Diaper Option" Page for a discussion that will help you make the right choice for your family.



*Programs such as WIC, TANF and Food Stamps do not pay for or provide diapers. 
*Daycares require that diapers are provided for babies left in their care.  Daycare is necessary to allow the parent or guardian to work. 
*The cost of a small package of diapers at a convenience store is high but this is often the only alternative available when transportation is a concern and the purchase of large cartons from Big Box stores is outside of the weekly budget.

Please make checks payable to: Council Of Churches (note "Diaper Bank of the Ozarks" in the memo)
Mail to 615 N. Glenstone, Springfield, MO 65802.

Credit card payments can be made through Council of Churches of the Ozarks (indicating "Diaper Bank of the Ozarks" for the Specific Fund designation.
Thank you.

 



For more information please visit:   www.realdiaperassociation.org

We are a member of the National Diaper Bank Network.  For more information about Diaper Banks across our Nation please visit:    www.diaperbanknetwork.org
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