Delaware 2-1-1 hosts first diaper drive

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Wilmington, DE – Recently, the Delaware 2-1-1 team noticed an increase in calls to its Help Me Grow specialists from parents in need of diapers for their children. In response to the need, a statewide Diaper Drive will occur during the month of October to replenish the supply of diapers to agencies across the state that provides diapers to families in need.

Delaware 2-1-1, the information and referral help hotline for the state of Delaware, strives to provide the Delaware community with access to health and human services to meet their everyday needs. Led locally by United Way of Delaware, Delaware 2-1-1 became the centralized call center for Help Me Grow calls in 2012.

United Way of Delaware deems this drive extremely essential it helps parents meet a very basic need in their households. Michelle A. Taylor, President & Chief Executive Office of United Way of Delaware said, “We see this as an opportunity to help parents in our community meet a very basic need so they can care for their children. We welcome the opportunity to serve as a bridge builder to ensure our children grow up in a healthy environment.”

Delaware 2-1-1 invites everyone to join them in its efforts to supply the parents in our community with diapers for their babies. By working together, we can provide our youngest children with a very basic need.

You can get involved by setting up a diaper bin to collect diapers in your community or by donating for those in need. For more information contact Tywanda Howie at thowie@uwde.org or by phone at (302) 573-3715.

Did You Know:

· Food stamps can not be used for diapers.
· 1 out of 3 families struggle to buy diapers.
· Diapers cost up to $150 per month, per baby.
· Many parents have to choose between buying food or diapers.
· Wearing a diaper for too long jeopardizes a baby’s health.
· Parents are often forced to reuse diapers.
· Childcare requires moms to provide a day’s supply of diapers.
· Moms without access to childcare can’t go to work.
· Lack of diaper access can lead to tension in the home.
· Tension in the home can lead to child abuse & neglect.