NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – Moms Helping Moms organization is spearheading a Stuff-the-Truck Diaper Drive on Saturday, Sep. 15 from 11 am to 2 pm at the New Providence Community Pool parking lot. In order to recognize this event Mayor Al Morgan read a proclamation at the Tuesday, Sep. 11 council meeting declaring the week of Sep. 24-30, 2018 as Diaper Awareness Week.
The proclamation recognizes that diaper need, “the condition of not having a sufficient supply of clean diapers to ensure that infants and toddlers are clean, healthy and dry, can adversely affect the health and welfare of infants, toddlers and their families.” According to the proclamation “one in three mothers experience diaper need at some time while their children are less than three years of age and forty-eight percent of families delay changing a diaper to extend their supply.” The average child requires an average of at least 50 diaper changes per week over three years.
There are currently no government assistance programs for the purchase or provision of diapers. According to the proclamation “a monthly supply of diapers can cost as much as six percent of a full-time minimum wage worker’s salary,” therefore obtaining a sufficient supply of diapers can cause economic hardship to many families. Furthermore, a supply of diapers is generally an eligibility requirement for infants and toddlers to participate in childcare programs and quality early education programs, Morgan read.
Organizations like Moms Helping Moms recognize that aiding low income families to obtain an adequate supply of diapers for their infants and toddlers helps the well-being of children.
Bridget Cutler of Moms Helping Moms is inviting New Providence residents to join the Stuff-the-Truck Diaper Drive and donate diapers and baby wipes. The event will feature food, games and activities for the entire family as well as music and giveaways.