Did you know that 1 out of 3 families struggle to afford diapers for their children in the United States? Some families have had to resort to scraping out and reusing wet or soiled disposable diapers.
Community agencies have pulled together on both sides of the cloth/disposable fence of diapering to help meet the need and ensure that children are able to use clean diapers. Marion County agencies have stepped up, offering disposable diapers in addition to other baby needs such as food, clothing and furniture. Nationwide, there is another network of agencies responding with a lending library: of cloth diapers.
The cloth diaper programs lend qualifying families a full set of cloth diapers for your little ones with the agreement that you will return them clean when you don’t need them anymore. Eligibility requirements and program requirements vary from agency to agency, but all of them are FREE. Some agencies do ask you to pay for the shipping of the diapers, while others ask for you to volunteer a minimal number of hours instead of asking for shipping costs. They offer classes, and share links to tutorials (you can even make diapers out of old t-shirts) on how to clean your diapers and care for them with or without a washing machine.
If you or a family you know struggles to pay for diapers, let them know they can call 2-1-1 or text their zip code to us at TXT-211(898-211) to learn more about programs locally and nationwide.
What Can I Do To Help?
The United Way is hosting a Community Baby Shower through June 12, 2013. We are collecting diapers, wipes, blankets and onesies for families in need! Please spread the word and bring supplies to the United Way office at 1401 NE 2nd St Ocala, FL 34470. We will also need volunteers on Friday, June 21, 9am at the United Way office for our Community Baby Shower Drop Off/Sort-a-Thon.
Did you miss the Baby Shower? You can donate diapers to these agencies (you can donate cloth diapers too, look for the agencies that offer cloth diaper lending services). Some times agencies run low on certain sizes, so it’s best to call ahead and ask them what size diapers they need.