Public assistance programs (like food stamps) don’t cover the cost of diapers
22% of all children under five years old in the U.S. live in poverty and 1 out of every 3 families struggle to afford diapers.
If a family can’t afford diapers, a baby may spend extended periods of time in the same soiled diaper.
Diapers cost $75-100/month out of pocket which means that families are choosing between diapers and other basic needs like food, rent and utilities.
What does this mean?
There are severe health and social consequences for babies and families who do not have access to diapers. Lack of enough diapers can lead to a whole mountain of problems for families in need: unhappy babies, unhealthy communities, undereducated toddlers, and stressed parents– which can lead to even more severe consequences.
You are helping us keep babies healthy and happy in the Ozarks. THANK YOU!
How to host a diaper drive:
STEP 1 – LET US KNOW
We can let you know if we are in need of a particular size.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
STEP 2 – PICK A DATE
Consider a theme for your drive -holiday giveback, in lieu of gifts at a small child’s birthday party, or a challenge among departments!
STEP 3 – GO!
Figure out a location for item collection.
Use enclosed flyer, email graphics or social graphics to announce that you are hosting a drive.
STEP 4 – DROP OFF
After your drive, coordinate with DBO to schedule a drop off time. Drop offs are at our warehouse in Crosslines Food Pantry
Sample Language for Email/Letters
[Insert Name(s)] will host a Diaper Drive in support of Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, a non-profit organization that keeps babies healthy and happy by distributing diapers to partner agencies serving families in need throughout the Ozarks. Our participation will help families who are unable to provide an adequate monthly supply of fresh diapers for their children. Our efforts in this diaper drive will go a long way to ensuring that these babies get a healthier start in life. On behalf of Diaper Bank of the Ozarks and the families we will help, thank you!
Our Diaper Drive will take place [insert date(s)]. You can drop-off your donated diapers during this time frame at: [insert drop off information]
[Add additional event information, prize incentives and goals (as applicable)]
Sample Language for Social Media
Did you know that as many as 1 in 3 families cannot supply enough clean diapers for their baby? We are hosting a diaper drive for Diaper Bank of the Ozarks to help keep babies healthy and happy right here in the Ozarks. You can help! [Insert Drive Specific information here or link to FB event]