AKEXANDRIA, VA – For low income families with babies and young children, diapers come at a considerable cost. Disposable diapers can cost more than $1,000 a year per child, according to HomeAid National Capital Region (HomeAid). That is why the nonprofit hosts the annual Builders for Babies Diaper Drive.
Through June 18, they are asking people, groups, and any organizations to host their own diaper drives. Fresh diapers are important because reuse can lead to rash and discomfort.
“This volunteer effort is special because it allows a wide range of people to organize, participate and make a real difference,” said said Kristyn Burr, HomeAid’s Executive Director & CEO. “[W]hether you host a drive through a girl scout troop, school, book club, or company, it allows for people to come together and help their neighbors in a big way.”
Donating diapers and wipes is critical; they cannot be purchased through the SNAP or WIC programs, the state-funded programs that support families in need. Even though TANF allocates funds for diapers, it is rarely enough to cover the cost.
Want to host a drive? You will need a collection box, which can be obtained by calling or sending an email to Julianna Blaylock. She can be reached at 571-283-6300 and [email protected].
The nonprofit also takes drop-off donations at their office, located at 3684 Centerview Drive, Suite 110B in Chantilly. You can also send donations through their Amazon wish list.