Diaper Bank of the Ozarks is established to keep our babies healthy and happy by providing access to diapers for families in need and through education concerning alternative diapering options that promote health and financial responsibility.
Why are diapers needed?
- About 48% of families report a delay in changing diapers.
- About 32% of families report reusing diapers (from “In Short Supply,” a study commissioned by Feeding America, 2013).
- Many childcare centers require a supply of diapers daily, and without daycare, a parent cannot work.
- Babies who spend a day or longer in one diaper risk potential health problems, such as skin rashes and infections.
- Diaper need is more distressing to moms than not having enough food for the family (from Huggies Every Little Bottom Study).
- Mothers report feelings of guilt and depression because of a lack of diapers.
- Babies who do not have enough diaper changes become irritable and cry more.
- A cranky baby in a stressed family situation may lead to an increased risk for situations of child abuse and neglect.
How are we making an impact?
The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks has touched the lives of over 25,000 babies over the past 4 years by distributing over 1,000,000 disposable diapers and over 200 cloth diaper starter kits. Between 40 and 50,,000 diapers are donated to 35 local partner agencies in Greene County and other rural partners reaching into 22 of our outlying counties who then distribute to families in need. The requests for help with diapers come in daily. Single moms or dads, grandparents raising grandchildren while on a fixed income, the unemployed, underemployed, teen moms, and so many more are affected.
What is a diaper bank?
A Diaper Bank is the storehouse supplying diapers to Partner Agencies. Partner Agencies distribute the 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 and Diaper Showers, and for individuals and businesses to provide monetary and in-kind donations to sustain the supply in the store house.
What about cloth diapers?
Could using cloth diapers be the right answer for your family? It’s certainly worth considering once you understand the cost savings and how easy it can be to use cloth diapers.
We need volunteers!
Whether you are available an occasional hour, four hours a week, or more, there is a volunteer opportunity for you at the Diaper Bank. We will find the right place for you to make a difference in the lives of the babies in need in our community.