Inadequate supply of diapers puts a child at risk for health issues and growth development. Recommendations are that babies and young children’s diapers be changed 10 to 12 times daily thus creating a safe and healthy learning environment. The National Survey of Children’s Health reports that 17 to 20 percent of children born in the United States have a development or behavior problem, a learning disability and or a speech problem. Birth to three is a crucial developmental period for our children. Statistics suggest they learn more during this period than any other period in their lives. The Brain is like a sponge and learning is promoted when children are being raised in a healthy and happy environment.
Working as a Parent Educator doing Developmental Screenings through Home Visits enabled me to see first hand the need families had for diapers. What I saw when arriving to homes for a 10:00 o’clock home visit was babies walking around in diapers soaked in urine. In talking with some families this was their normal because they had a set number of diapers per day to make it through a week.
This prompted me to take diapers as a part of the Developmental Screening Project. I quickly realized I needed help to get diapers in the hands of families with young children, In September, 2006 I invited 10 of my friends over for what I called a special community meeting. I explained to them that we were at a point in our lives where we could collectively come together and serve a need in our community. They all agreed and initially our group was called Village Keepers and we became a 501c 3 the same year. This name served us for six years, until a community leader suggested we change our name so our purpose could easily be identified through our name. Diaper Bank of the Carolinas became our new name in October, 2012 and we now have 11 members.
Under this new name we continue to distribute diapers to families through Community Partners and to families in need through personal request. To date we have distributed several thousand diapers by connecting with agencies like Nurse Family Partnership, Little Steps, Child’s Haven, Simpsonville Emergency Relief and several others. We collect diapers through personal donations, organized diaper showers, from community businesses and during our annual fundraising Luncheon. Our guests also give monetary donations toward the purchase of diapers. We continue to assist families that fall under the poverty line with diaper needs for their young children. These are children who will take care of tomorrow.
Ernestine S. Whittenberg, RN
Provide the gift of diapers. Every cent helps.