*An extra special thanks to our amazing volunteers that helped us unload all the diapers, in less than 2 hours!*
Eastside Baby Corner received nearly 100,00 Huggies diapers through a partnership with the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) and Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc. (K.I.D.S.) this past month. EBC will distribute the diapers to 120 provider partners in greater east King County.
EBC has over 20 years experience in collecting, purchasing and giving kids the essentials they need to thrive. In 2011, EBC gave out almost 400,000 diapers for local children but even more were needed. Founder and Executive Director, Karen Ridlon noted that, “this donation helps us continue to serve children across greater east King County, ensuring that children have the diapers they need to stay clean, dry and healthy. We greatly appreciate the generosity of Huggies, NDBN and K.I.D.S.”
According to the most recent census, 22 percent of American children live at or below the poverty line. In many cases, their families cannot provide the diapers they need because diapers, which can cost as much as $100 a month, cannot be bought with the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, commonly known as “food stamps”) or the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).
Most childcare programs require parents to provide disposable diapers for their children’s use, so a lack of diapers can keep children out of childcare, forcing their parents to stay home from work. Some parents try to stretch their diaper supply by leaving the children in diapers longer between changes or by reusing disposable diapers, but these measures can affect the health and emotional wellbeing of children and their families. Cloth diapers are not a solution because many families are without out easy access to laundry facilities.
This donation was made as part of partnership between K.I.D.S. and NDBN to distribute 20 million Huggies brand diapers to families in need throughout the U.S. in 2012.
To address today’s dire need for diapers, every three months, K.I.D.S. and NDBN will distribute five million diapers, donated by Huggies Every Little Bottom, to more than 90 diaper banks, food banks and other such agencies for families in need.
*To find out more about K.I.D.S, visit http://www.KIDSdonations.org
*To find out more about the National Diaper Bank Network, visit http://www.diaperbanknetwork.com