MSCCA has committed to help the University of Maryland Medical System Foundation in their diaper drive. We are looking for centers to help out and run a diaper drive at their center. Diapers can be purchased directly through the link below or can be dropped off at a center and pick up can be coordinated by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.
University of Maryland will provide a pick up each Friday during the month of September, additionally Montgomery College, Rockville campus, will function as one of the drop off sites. For more information on drop off, please contact email@example.com.
More information about Diaper Drive:
How this got started:
Last summer, a young girl named Lauren (16), reached out to the School of Social Work to explore ways to volunteer and in just one short phone call learned that the greatest need and request was for her to collect diapers for families. She got online and researched the need are was shocked to learn about the issue and wanted to make an impact. She set a goal of collecting 50,000 diapers (seemed like a good number) and set up a GoFund me page. She had a small of return but was never going to reach the goal on her own, so we asked Dr. Suntha if we could solicit UMMC employees and he agreed (and he donated!). With an initial goal of 50,000 diapers we collected over 100,000 diapers within a month. It is touching to see how many people were eager to help this vulnerable population.
- 1 in 3 Baltimore families who must choose to diaper or feed their baby every day.
- Infants require up to 10 diapers per day, costing families between $70-$80 per month, per baby
- Diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps
- No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
- Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.
- Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.
- Some families cut back on basics such as food , utilities, or child care to purchase diapers, while other need to leave their children in soiled diapers for a longer period of time, leading to potential health risks.