Diaper Bank of Skagit County
When you donate dollars for diapers, you are participating in the most powerful way to access diapers for young families.
The Diaper Bank of Skagit County is a member of the National Diaper Bank Network and is granted exclusive prices for bulk purchasing. By ordering online we can buy the numbers and sizes of diapers we need, and avoid the expense of warehousing. Our average cost is 14 cents per diaper or 7 diapers for a dollar!
What is diaper need?
Diapering is basic to children and mothers. The diapering experience is important for connection and love, and is a source of confidence and pride for mothers.
Buying diapers creates financial hardship for one out of three mothers in the U.S. While struggling to meet every day needs, some mothers run out of money. (Food Stamps and WIC are nutrition programs and do not cover diapers.)
Children may be kept in wet and dirty diapers for extended periods of time, or they may be made to wear diapers that have been cleaned out or dried. While children in soiled diapers generally show signs of irritation and discomfort, this experience is more prevalent among children living in diaper need. (These babies are exposed to health risks from rash, and because they cry and become difficult to manage, they are at risk for abuse.)
When mothers cannot provide a basic need like diapers, their well-being suffers. They tend to feel guilty and stressed. Some say they feel like “bad mothers”.
Not having a supply of diapers impacts a mother’s ability to carry on with necessary daily activities. A mother may stay at home when she needs to go out, and because most day cares require disposable diapers, she may not be able to attend work or school.
Key Findings: Huggies Every Little Bottom Study http://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/huggies-2010-every-little-bottom-study.pdf
What is a diaper bank?
Just as food banks are a dependable source of food, diaper banks supply a basic need for families in crisis. Diaper banks provide diapers, information, and referral services to communities through collaborative partner agencies working hand in hand to solve a basic human need. If families need diapers, they often have other concerns that are best addressed through partner agencies who are dealing with the full continuum of care.
Our Partner Agency
The Women, Infants, and Children Program at Community Action of Skagit County is our first partner agency. Over 26,000 diapers were distributed to help young families in 2016.
“Our work to address diaper need would not be possible without the support of local community groups, foundations, policy makers, nonprofit organizations, business leaders and committed individuals.” (NDBN) The community has supported us in many ways this past year. We thank you all. We can end diaper need.
Read below to learn how a new national program is stepping up to help parents’ access quality diapers at compellingly low prices.
Diapers are expensive!
When you shop for diapers, consider how much you are paying per diaper. Nationwide, the price of diapers may be as high as 30 to 50 cents each. Buying at a big box store can help, but these stores are not always convenient, and the prices average around 25 cents a diaper.
A new program offers families low-cost quality diapers.
The Community Diaper Program, a nationwide program, was introduced on Mother’s Day 2016 to provide families an alternative. The diapers are manufactured by Cuties and offered through Jet.com at an average price of 17 cents a diaper or from about 14 to 24 cents depending on size. Cuties Economy Plus Pack is the official name of these diapers.
Shipping is free over 35 dollars. If you are a dollar short on your order, you can add a package of wipes. Try to budget your diaper order for the first of the month when you have money to buy diapers. If you can do this, you will be able to buy twice the number of diapers you can purchase at local store prices.
Hold a Diaper Drive in Your Community
There is no right or wrong way to hold a Diaper Drive, and no drive is too small. If you invite 5 friends over for coffee, and each friend brings a package of 40 diapers, you’ve collected 200 diapers! Your drive can last for one event or over a designated period. Anyone can hold a drive:
- schools (a great community service project!)
- social organizations and clubs (book clubs, moms’ groups)
- youth groups
- sports teams
- businesses and business organizations
- you, your family and friends (Celebrating a special occasion or event? Ask your family and friends to bring a package of diapers in lieu of a gift!)
Once you decide to hold a drive, please call us. We can help! email us.
For helpful instructions, information and materials, go to the National Diaper Bank Network’s Diaper Drive Toolkit.
We will list your drive on our Facebook page and pick up your diapers when your drive is over.
We are on a mission! We know clean, loose diapers are being wasted, thrown away, or gathering dust somewhere, and these diapers can be collected and distributed to needy families. Donations of unopened packs of diapers, opened packs of diapers, loose diapers (clean of course) and unopened containers of wipes are welcome. Collection box locations are listed below.
Sprouts, 419 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon
Sprouts, 903 Metcalf St. Sedro-Woolley
Miss May's Creative Learning Store, 403 S. 1st St., Mount Vernon
We want to grow this program. If anyone would like to work with us to establish an Ambassador Program, please contact us.
Ambassador: a person who acts as a representative or promotor of a specific activity. Benefits: a simple way to make a difference, sense of ownership in a mission, strengthens involvement in one’s local community, builds connections.
About the National Diaper Bank Network?
The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America, by leading a national movement to safeguard one of the most basic needs of all babies and their families…access to clean, dry diapers. Founded in 2011 with the support of Huggies®, the network raises national awareness of diaper need (#DiaperNeed) and supports the development and expansion of diaper banks in communities throughout the country. Its active membership includes more than 300 diaper banks, diaper closets and food banks located in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. More information on NDBN and diaper need is available at www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org, and on Twitter (@DiaperNetwork) and Facebook (facebook.com/NationalDiaperBankNetwork).
Questions, comments, or how to get involved:
Please contact Calista Scott.