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Diaper Drive in Charleston, WV
armenda wrote in wva
Diaper Drive in Charleston, WV
All donations will go to the YWCA Women’s Shelter

Did you know that diapers are not covered by public assistance programs like WIC or food stamps? And did you know that diaper companies do not make big donations to shelters or outreach programs? It was a revelation that something so basic as a diaper could have such a big impact.

If you’re not a parent, you might be surprised to realize that a jumbo pack of Pampers costs from $15 to $20—that’s 20 to 30 cents per diaper, depending on the size of the diaper. And if you can’t shop at discount stores like Target or Wal-Mart and instead have to rely on corner stores or drugstores, you’ll often end up paying even more per diaper. For reference, a newborn baby goes through 60 or more diapers a week. When money’s tight, that’s a lot of dough to drop. For families in need, having to choose between buying food or buying diapers is a terrible option—yet an all-too-common one.

Let’s break it down.

1. While safety-net programs such as SNAP (food stamps) and WIC (Women, Infants and Children) cover the cost of infant formula, they do NOT cover diapers.

2. Diaper companies do NOT give diapers away (unless you are Jon and Kate Plus 8 or the California octuplets).

3. Infant formula companies donate formula and the government subsidizes it under SNAP and WIC.

4. Diapers cost exponentially more at an inner-city convenience store than they do at a big box store or online.

5. Most Laundromats do NOT allow you to wash cloth diapers. If you are poor, you probably don’t own a washing machine.

6. Most licensed daycare centers (especially free or subsidized) do not accept cloth diapers. Parents must provide disposable diapers.

7. If a family can’t afford diapers (e.g., they need that money for shelter, food, transportation), a baby will spend extended periods of time, sometimes days at a time in the same soiled diaper.

8. Washing and reusing disposable diapers is unhealthy and unsanitary.

9. Unhappy babies are crying babies. Crying babies are more likely to be abused by an already stressed-out care giver.

10. If you cannot afford diapers, you cannot take your child to free/subsidized childcare. Therefore, you cannot make your commitments such as work, school, or job training.

We are asking donations of anything baby related except for toys. Specifically diapers, ointments, wipes, etc.
They also accept second hand items that can be sterilized such as bottles, sippy cups, pacifiers, etc.

Hosted by: Scotty & Armenda Scarberry
Please contact either of us if you can help in any way!

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Wow! Great post, and thanks for the reminder. I didn't know laundromats had a diaper policy, that's horrible. I like having a focus for my charitable giving whenever possible, this is inspiring.

Thanks for such a fast response! If you want to participate just let me know. We are willing to meet people or pick the items up from them!

Did you know that diapers are the third largest single consumer item in landfills, and represent about 4% of solid waste? Source: http://www.realdiaperassociation.org/diaperfacts.php

Most Laundromats do NOT allow you to wash cloth diapers. If you are poor, you probably don’t own a washing machine.

Did you know that people used to get by without washing machines? Did you know that -- GASP -- it is still possible to do so? Revolutionary, I know.

I left my local Freecycle list because the breeders moved in with their sob stories. Now I'm leaving this community. Bye!

Really? Do you know anyone who cloth diapers without a washing machine or laundromat? Go ask in clothdiapering.

You don't go to a women's shelter for handouts. You go for HELP. Instead of having a self-righteous snit about supporting "breeders," maybe you could come up with insightful advice or solutions.

we'll miss you. you definitely brought a lot to the table.

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