One in three Colorado families struggle to provide diapers for their children, according to the National Diaper Bank Network. That’s an estimated 67,000 children who are need.
This week, Sept. 21 – 27, is National Diaper Need Awareness Week, an occasion for dozens of local nonprofits to raise awareness of the need for diapers and gather donations of diapers for familes in need. Catholic Charities is just one of several nonprofits that helps to gather diapers and distribute them to various of Catholic Charities’ ministries through its own Bottom Line Diaper Bank.
The Bottom Line Diaper Bank provides nearly 500,000 diapers a year to low-income families for their infants and toddlers. This fall, volunteers and staff hope to collect thousands more to meet the demand from immigrant, homeless and struggling families who need assistance.
“Diaper need is a silent crisis with parents and caregivers often forced to choose between food, rent, or buying diapers,” said Nhung Nielsen, lead volunteer for the Bottom Line Diaper Bank. “Raising awareness for diaper need is more important than ever now with COVID-19.”
One ministry that is on the front line of diaper need is the Gabriel House Project, a network of parishes and volunteers that assist families throughout Northern Colorado and is committed to providing much-needed supplies to mothers and families with young children.
To help alleviate diaper need and for more details on how you can get involved in this cause, visit ccdenver.org/diaper today.