PAINTED POST, N.Y. (WENY) -- According to the National Diaper Bank Network, nearly 30% of all U.S. families cannot afford diapers. Now the First Baptist Church of Painted Post is offering help for local families.
"Babies get diaper rash, they get infections, mothers and babies don't bond as well when they don't have an adequate supply of diapers," says Cathy Weil, Coordinator for the Baby Bank. "Basically it was a huge need that was not being met by any other group in the area."
The bank was launched in 2016, made up entirely of volunteers and donations.
Last year, it helped over 250 families, distributing over 20,000 diapers.
"We really would like to outgrow this space. We'd like to have shelves everywhere," says Weil. "I think that is what's going to happen because people seem to understand that these babies can't do anything about their situation."
Weil says because diapers, wipes and other baby necessities cannot be purchased through federal programs or attained through food pantries, the baby bank really is the only option for many families. To keep it going, community help is crucial.
"We like to say 'little changes can make big changes in people's lives,'" says Weil. "If you really want to be cute about it, it's diaper changes. So a diaper change can make a really big difference in people's lives."
Weil says community donations from local establishments, most recently Card Carrying Books and Gifts, have helped keep the bank's momentum going. But every little bit counts.
If you would like to donate or are interested in collaborating with the Baby Bank, you can do so by contacting the First Baptist Church of Painted Post. The bank is also looking for volunteers.
The bank is most in-need of diapers size 5 and 6.