A steep rise in the price of diapers is making it very difficult for many parents to afford this basic necessity for their babies, but help is on the way.
Today begins National Diaper Awareness Week to help parents struggling to afford these essentials.
A diaper drive is taking place today at the Junior League of Long Island Thrift Shop in Roslyn from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. This is one of the ongoing efforts to help families struggling to provide diapers for their children.
Cynthia Rainey, from Hempstead, spends around $100 a week buying nappies for her two granddaughters, Asara, 2, and Na Na, 1.
“When you buy a pack of Pampers every day because there are two…it’s expensive,” she says.
According to the National Diaper Bank, about one in three families in the United States do not have enough diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.
Nyteeyia Waiters, an outreach worker in Hempstead, says nappies are so expensive that some parents are having to make tough choices.
“I have parents who call me on their last bed crying,” she says. “A lot of parents here are struggling and every day they have to make a choice, are they going to buy Pampers or are they going to buy the right food for their kids.”
Government assistance programs like SNAP and WIC do not cover diapers. That’s why local diaper banks and volunteers are stepping in to fill the void.
“Not having enough diapers is really a public health crisis,” says Waiters.
To kick off National Diaper Awareness Week, Allied Foundation has announced that there will be diaper distribution events in Roslyn, Patchogue and Hempstead in the coming days.
Parents can get diapers and baby wipes for free.
“Our work is really important to make sure babies have access to clean diapers. Their health is really important because they are our future,” says Heather Edwards of the Allied Foundation.
Diaper collection in Roslyn runs from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.