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Diaper Need Awareness Week Helps Families in Need Get Diapers



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Raising kids is expensive, we all know that.

Diapers are obviously a necessity for babies and toddlers, but many families struggle to afford them and some just can’t swing the expense at all. According to a new study from the National Diaper Bank Network and Huggies, a staggering number of American families—as many as one in three—struggles with diaper needs to keep their kids clean and dry. According to the study this issue affects people across a range of racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.

It’s National Diaper Need Awareness Week, which means it’s more important than ever that we consider the importance of closing up the diaper gap once and for all. So, donate to your local diaper bank, or through Jet.com, which is matching up to $50,000 in donations to nonprofits through the JetCares Give a Pack program all this week through October 1st.

There’s a lack of awareness surrounding these programs: Two-thirds of the families surveyed weren’t aware that diaper banks exist. The National Diaper Bank Network operates over 300 banks, and food banks, social security agencies, and community/faith-based groups also provide diaper assistance to families in need. To donate locally, head to westsidebaby.org. The Seattle diaper bank provides more than 1 million diapers a year to agencies that help parents in need.

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