It never occurred to me that there are babies in this country that go without clean diapers for extended periods of time. I guess because we are lucky and we have a linen closet filled with all the things we need, we tend to take basic necessities like that for granted. But the reality is that there are a growing number of families out there who do not have access to a reliable supply of clean diapers. In fact, 1 in 3 families struggle to provide clean diapers to their kids.
Diapers are expensive. They can run between $75 and $100 per month…and for a lot of people in this economy, that money is just not available. And as Eminem once told me…food stamps and other types of assistance don’t cover the cost of diapers. When a family can’t provide clean diapers, babies are forced to spend a longer time in soiled diapers. Sometimes it’s so bad that soiled diapers have to be reused. Babies without clean diapers are subject to diaper rash, urinary tract infections…even hepatitis A and bacterial meningitis. And without a supply of clean diapers, kids can’t attend day care or early childhood education programs either…which causes more problems for parents who need to work.
Luckily, there is Help A Mother Out, an organization that raises diapers and awareness and is dedicated to increasing access to diapers for families in need. Since the organization was founded in 2009, they have collected and distributed over 1,000,000 diapers. But they need your help to keep providing this very necessary service.
Click over to HAMO’s website and find out how you can help. Just $10 provides a pack of diapers to a baby. $20 provides a week’s worth of diapers. You can also volunteer for one of the many positions available, start a fundraising campaign or run a diaper drive of your own. If you are thinking even bigger, you can find out how to start a diaper bank in your own area. Anything you can do will make a big difference in the life of a baby who doesn’t have clean diapers.