Diaper Drive Aims to Collect 5,000 Diapers, Adult Underwear

Being a new parent is hard, especially for the poor or homeless.

In addition to diapers, new parents need to purchase clothing, wipes, diaper cream—and the list goes on.

Humboldt General Hospital’s Mother and Baby Unit understands these difficulties all too well, which is why local OB nurses are hosting a “Diaper Drive” with the goal of collecting 5,000 infant- to toddler-size diapers by Saturday, April 13.

The group is also collecting disposable underwear in all sizes for adult males and females.

“Clean, dry diapers are a health issue,” said Monica Sartor, RN, who is chairing the drive. “It is critically important to connect families and individuals with the health resources they need.”

Sartor said nearly 1 in 3 American families cannot afford diapers—a basic health need. Babies and adults who remain too long in a soiled diaper are exposed to potential health risks.

Most child centers (even free and subsidized facilities) require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers (12 for infants and up to eight for toddlers); however, a recent study conducted by the National Diaper Bank Network and Huggies found that parents who struggle with diaper need miss an average of four work days a month because they cannot afford the $70 to $80 to purchase diapers.

Diaper donation bins are set up at Uptown Market, Khoury’s Market and Ridley’s Family Market. Diapers and disposable underwear can also be dropped off near the HGH Admit Desk.

The final push for the 2019 drive will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 13, with a “Stuff an Ambulance” collection at the annual “Color the Mucc” Fun Run at Vesco City Park.

Sartor said open packages of diapers are welcome at all drop-off locations in all sizes from infant and toddler to adult, both male and female.

Sartor said, “I know that as a community we can come together to raise 5,000 diapers to support the well-being of these families.”

She added, “All babies and seniors deserve to be clean and dry every day.”

For more information on the 2019 “Diaper Drive,” sponsored by the HGH Mother and Baby Unit, please call (775) 623-5222, ext. 1268.

To download a flyer for the Diaper Drive, click here.