DIAPER BANK OF THE OZARKS

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FACTS


1 in 3 families struggle to provide enough diapers each day to keep their babies clean and dry.

Families are making the choice between groceries and diapers. 

 Diapers become a luxury rather than a necessity.

Babies need an average of 6-10 changes a day to stay clean, dry and healthy.  
Average annual cost is $1,000.  (over $80 monthly)

No Federal programs currently provide assistance for the purchase of diapers.

This increasing concern is known as "Diaper Need".

DIAPER NEED AWARENESS WEEK
OPEN HOUSE AND "DIAPER NEED" CONFERENCE

Thursday, September 11th, 10am-3pm

Morning sessions will cover:
 
What is Diaper Need?
What is a Diaper Bank/Pantry?
How to start a Diaper Bank/Pantry
Community Impact

Afternoon Sessions will cover"

The Cloth Diaper Option
Training for Group Leaders and Mentors
Hands on Demos for moms
Cloth Diaper Sewing 101

Join us for a tour of the Bank, meet our volunteers and learn more about this little known concern....diaper need.


 What
is a Diaper Bank?

A Diaper Bank is the store house and it supplies diapers to Partnering Agencies.  It is the Partnering Agencies who distribute diapers to the families in need.  While the Diaper Bank supplies the needed diapers to the community, it relies on other members of the community to hold Diaper Drives, Diaper Showers, and for individuals and businesses to provide monetary and in-kind donations to sustain the supply in the store house.


Disposable or Cloth Diapers?
See our "Cloth Diaper Option" Page for a discussion that will help you make the right choice for your family.

*Programs such as WIC, TANF and Food Stamps do not pay for or provide diapers. 
*Daycares require that diapers are provided for babies left in their care.  Daycare is necessary to allow the parent or guardian to work. 
*The cost of a small package of diapers at a convenience store is high but this is often the only alternative available when transportation is a concern and the purchase of large cartons from Big Box stores is outside of the weekly budget.

SPRINGFIELD FIRST COMMUNITY BANK

 is sending a challenge to YOU!

The Springfield First Community Bank is holding a Diaper Drive to Kick Start our "Diaper Need Awareness Week" celebrations in September.

They are inviting YOU to take the challenge.  Let's have Diaper Drives across Springfield and Greene County.  For fun tips to help with your Drive contact us and we'll help you create a one-of-a-kind event.

The Diaper Bank touches the lives of 5-600 babies every month.  Babies who often times find themselves in wet and soiled diapers for way too long.  They are uncomfortable, sleep is difficult, they get cranky and have skin rashes and infections.  Please help to keep these babies healthy and happy.

Disposable diapers, cloth diapers and wipes are all welcomed.  Most frequently used sizes are 4-5.


For more information please visit:   www.realdiaperassociation.org

We are a member of the National Diaper Bank Network.  For more information about Diaper Banks across our Nation please visit:    www.diaperbanknetwork.org
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