The St. Luke's Diaper Bank was created to eliminate diaper need in Kalamazoo, where more than 1 in 3 families struggle to provide diapers for their children.
Diapers are as essential to a baby's healthy development as a care giver's love. Keeping infants and toddlers clean, dry and healthy is key to building a solid foundation for all children to reach their full potential. But many babies don't have the clean diapers they need.
A diaper is a small thing, but it can impact big things.
- Not having diapers means parents can’t leave their children with a childcare provider, most of which require parents to provide disposable diapers for their children. So parents can’t go to work to earn money.
- Not having diapers means a longer time between changes, which can lead to severe diaper rash and other health problems. Many families will try and stretch their supply by leaving babies in the same diaper for longer periods of time.
- Not having diapers means that babies who cry because their diaper is dirty will cry that much longer, increasing stress for parents struggling to make ends meet.
- And not having diapers can adversely affect a mother’s feeling of self-worth as a mother, negatively impacting the mother-child bond.
St. Luke's Diaper Bank distributed almost 38,000 diapers on Giving Tuesday in November to the recipient agencies for the 2106 Diaper Drive: YWCA, Ministry with Community, Loaves & Fishes, Interfaith Homes, and Rootead.
Members of the Diaper Bank board delivering diapers to the YWCA on distribution day.
Hard at work unloading the diapers for Ministry with Community.
A truckload of diapers was delivered to Loaves & Fishes.
Diapers were piled high at Interfaith Housing.