COLLEGEVILLE PA – Babies use up diapers faster than a race car can finish a lap at the Indianapolis 500, and keeping them on hand devours both shelf space and the contents of almost any family’s wallet. It’s even more difficult if the family in question operates on a tight budget; disposable diapers cost between $70 and $80 a month per baby.
Volunteers at the Daily Bread Food Pantry, which recently opened in new quarters at 3938 Ridge Pike, know the problem all too well. In addition to food and basic personal care products, they say the non-profit pantry – which serves the entire Perkiomen Valley – carries diapers in stock for both infants and an increasing number of adults who suffer from incontinence.
Those same volunteers hope you’ll look at the calendar this week and think: “Daily Bread needs diapers.”
This Monday through Sunday (Sept. 25-Oct. 1, 2017) marks National Diaper Need Awareness Week, an effort by the National Diaper Bank Network to demonstrate how many American families lack a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry, and healthy. It’s also intended to encourage area residents to donate diapers, or the cash to buy them to, to local agencies like Daily Bread.
“Keeping the pantry stocked is an ongoing challenge, especially for necessary items like diapers that are not covered by state or federal programs, Daily Bread volunteer and Collegeville resident Kim Knoll said.
While Diaper Need Awareness Week is an ideal time to give, she added, any week will do. “Daily Bread will gratefully accept both adult and infant diaper donations,” according to Knoll. They can be dropped off at its designated community collection centers, or at its Ridge Pike offices Monday through Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. Financial donations also can be made online, here.
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