SUMMIT, NJ - In recognition of 'National Diaper Need Awareness Week', the Summit Area YMCA is -- beginning today and running through September 30 -- hosting a diaper drive wherein ommunity members can drop off packages of diapers and baby wipes at the bin located in the Summit YMCA lobby. Collected supplies will then be distributed to eligible families by the Area Baby Center of Summit.

The Area Baby Center was founded in 1999 to provide basic necessities such as diapers, wipes and toiletries to disadvantaged families in Summit and nearby communities. The Area Baby Center is a 501(c)(3) charity, managed by an all-volunteer board and funded by donations, local grants, and diaper drives sponsored by local students, clubs and organizations.

“Many people don’t realize that the expense of diapers is a real burden for some families in our area,” said Denise D’Alberti, president of the Area Baby Center board. “Our clients are so grateful for the help that our supporters make possible.”

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Diapers are not covered by food stamps and many other forms of government support for families, notes D’Alberti. The average cost of diapers and baby supplies can add up to $50 a month for a family. The Area Baby Center works to reduce this expense by providing a supply of diapers and wipes to their client families, every two weeks.

Patty Facchinei, Volunteer Coordinator at the Summit Area YMCA, offered to host the diaper drive at the Summit facility. “We’ve long been a supporter—and fan—of the Area Baby Center,” said Facchnei. “Their work is consistent with our goals of community bridge-building and creating opportunities for people in our communities to reach, grow and thrive.” Given the many people who stop into the SAY over a week, the hope is that many will bring some baby supplies to help out.

D’Alberti said that sizes 4, 5 and 6 diapers are particularly needed. “Our client families are typically referred to us when the baby is at least a few months old, so we rarely need newborn sizes. Since we distribute diapers during the first two to two-and-a-half years of a baby’s life, we have lots of client families needing the larger sizes."