More than 200,000 diapers were distributed directly to the Austin community on Dec. 8 as part of Austin Diaper Day by the Austin Diaper Bank. The children’s disposable diapers – sizes 1-6 – were handed out in packages of 100 diapers to the public at no charge from 1-3 p.m. at Dove Springs Recreation Center, 5801 Ainez Drive, Austin, 78744, in Southeast Austin.
“The Austin Diaper Bank was recently blessed with large donations of diapers, and we wanted to give them to Austin area families who need them most this holiday season,” said executive director Holly McDaniel. “Our mission is to ensure that no child suffers because their family struggles to afford a sufficient supply of diapers to keep them clean and healthy.”
“Diaper need” – the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a child clean, dry and healthy – impacts an estimated 12,000 babies and toddlers in Travis County alone. Disposable diapers are typically a requirement of most childcare centers or other childhood education programs – without childcare, parents cannot go to work. Federal assistance programs, such as SNAP and WIC, do not cover diapers.
Austin Diaper Day is sponsored by CareerPlug and the Dove Springs Recreation Center.
The Austin Diaper Bank helps the community by distributing baby and adult diapers to more than 40 partner agencies in a region from Georgetown to San Marcos. Since the organization’s founding in June 2013, it has delivered about 1 million diapers locally.