Motherhood should be a time of joy and excitement. But as Emma stared down at her baby crying on the changing pad, all she felt was guilt and shame. Her last dollar had just gone to paying rent and her next paycheck was still two days away. She only had three diapers left. With tears in her eyes and whispered apologies, she cleaned her daughter and put the wet diaper back on.
One in three families struggle to provide diapers for their babies. On average, a infant can go through 240 diapers a month. There is no direct government assistance to help families buy this necessity, but most daycares require disposable diapers to be provided by the parents. These factors can impact the physical, mental and economic well-being of both the parent and child.
Basics for Babies Infant Care Supply Drive
You can help by joining us for our seventh annual Basics for Babies infant care supply drive! Now through the holiday season, we’re asking our community to donate the following brand-new items:
New infant apparel
These items will go across our tri-county area to help mothers living in a domestic violence shelters, homeless families, teen parents and more. Individuals or groups can join in this unique opportunity that’s great for the workplace, school clubs and organizations, social groups, places of worship or those who simply want to make a difference.
Drop Off or Amazon Wish List
Collected items can be dropped off November 27- December 1 at the Heart of Florida United Way office at 1940 Traylor Blvd, Orlando, FL 32804. Or you can purchase items on our Basics for Babies Amazon wish list.
If you have any questions about Basics for Babies, please contact our Corporate Volunteer Manager, Brianna Murray, at Brianna.Murray@HFUW.org or 407-429-2136. Thank you for your support of Basics for Babies!