While many of us do not spend our days thinking about diapers, for many of our more vulnerable community members, all they can think about is affording the diapers they need. Parents and other caregivers who are not able to buy the number of diapers they need for their children, experience a high level of stress, guilt, and even desperation because of this. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) and Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), previously known as food stamps, do not cover the cost of diapers, which can cause higher-need caregivers to make some difficult decisions. Michelle Old recognized this struggle and started the Diaper Bank of North Carolina. This diaper bank, created in 2013, aimed to provide 50,000 diapers across the state within a year. As of now, the diaper bank has surpassed to goal and has been able to distribute over 13 million diapers through their three branches in the Triangle, the Greater Triad, and Lower Cape Fear Region. To keep providing for the state in this difficult time, they need your help!
There are plenty of ways to get involved with the diaper bank. They are accepting monetary donations to help their efforts. Monetary donations will purchase 3X as much as it would if you bought diapers yourself because they buy in bulk. The diaper bank also has its very own Circle of Change program, which allows donors to offer support monthly. This is the most sustainable way to support the community. They are also accepting supplies. These include diapers of various sizes, feminine pads, baby wipes, pull-ups, Ziploc sandwich bags, disposable gloves, Lysol wipes, hand sanitizer, and printable mailing labels. It is safest to purchase items from their Amazon Wishlist. Check their website for other needs in the location closest to you!