Help us collect diapers for mothers in need
Imagine having to choose between purchasing diapers for your baby or paying the electric bill. One in three mothers routinely finds herself without enough diapers to keep her child clean. The U.S. Department of Agriculture states that raising a one-child household costs over $17,000 during the first year, and diapers are a major expense.
From May 14 through June 15, Arsenal will be collecting diapers (individuals or whole packages) and wipes to donate to needy families in our community. Donations go to St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. If you can, please donate larger diaper sizes, as this is what the organization is looking for the most.
More about the St. Louis Area Diaper Bank
The St. Louis Area Diaper Bank’s mission is to end diaper need in St. Louis. We do not distribute diapers directly, but rather partner with programs throughout the region to help get families the resources they need, and keep babies happy and dry. See a list of agencies that this organization partners with in the St. Louis area.
Why a diaper drive?
The National Diaper Bank Network provides some statistics on how important diapers are.
- One in three American families reports experiencing diaper need.
- 5.2 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families.
- Infants require up to 12 diapers a day, while toddlers require about eight.
- Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.
- 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.
View specific statistics about diaper need for Missouri and Illinois provided by the National Diaper Bank Network in PDF format.