Diaper Need is Real
By Tricia Barry, Communications Specialist at EBC
As a mom of two, I am aware of how expensive diapers are. And when babies are very little it seems like they need their diaper changed all the time and I remember feeling like one box of diapers never lasted very long.
While I felt as though it was a struggle because I was always purchasing diapers when my kids were little, the struggle that I didn’t have to experience was being unable to provide diapers for my kids.
Many don’t know, but one in three American families experience diaper need and infants require up to 12 diapers per day, at a cost of $70 – $80 per month per baby. The struggle to provide enough diapers is apparent from data showing how much Americans spend on them per year. Families right here in our community experience diaper need every day. In fact, EBC is on track to give out more than 1.3 million diapers to kids living in poverty or crisis by the end of 2020. And EBC depends on help from the community to supply all of those diapers.
“Receiving diapers from EBC allows families to use their income on other necessities – gas, food, clothing, rent, bills. Receiving new disposable diapers also means caregivers do not have to wash and reuse disposable diapers. Having a reliable source for diapers outside their own pocketbook is a huge relief for families,” said one of EBC’s provider partners.
To create more awareness about diaper need, Diaper Need Awareness Week (DNAW) was created by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) in 2012. This week shines a light on how many children lack this basic necessity – and it also shines a light on the many nonprofits across the U.S. that are working to change that. This year, National Diaper Need Awareness Week takes place September 21st – 27th, 2020. Learn more about the National Diaper Bank Network here.
There is so much that can be done to help end diaper need. The community can donate diapers of every size to EBC by hosting a diaper collection drive or diapers can be shipped directly to EBC by using EBC’s Giving Catalog and this can be accessed by visiting this link, https://gooddler.com/Wishlist/10197.
Financial donations can also be made towards purchasing diapers and this can be done by visiting https://babycorner.org/donate-online/.
In addition, diapers can be mailed to EBC by using their mailing address, which is P.O. Box 712 Issaquah, WA 98027.
We can all do our part to help end diaper need, so little ones can stay safe, warm and dry.
Meet Our Founder – Karen Ridlon
Karen Ridlon founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) in 1990. A certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (University of California, San Francisco, 1972), Karen worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in California and Washington, working in well child care, newborn care and newborn ICU support for a number of medical groups and doctors. Karen founded Eastside Baby Corner to fill an unmet need of parents of newborns who lacked basic supplies for their children.
She is Executive Director Emeritus and a lifetime member of the EBC Board of Directors. Karen has been recognized for her efforts with many volunteer awards, including receiving the Leadership Eastside LENi Community Choice Leadership Award in 2013, Distinguished Member Award for the Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) in 2013, Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award (2009), and chosen as a UCSF Distinguished Alumni. Karen was a key player in the development of the Issaquah Community Center and has been a tireless contributor to many volunteer efforts over the years including scouting, the public schools, and her church. Karen is the mother of three children and a proud resident of Issaquah, where she lives with her husband.Meet Our Board of Directors and Leadership