Idaho Diaper Bank is extending its efforts to Eastern Idaho on its mission to bring diapers to children and families in crisis.
Kate Aravich, the Executive Director of Idaho Diaper Bank, explained there are many programs to provide food and clothing to children, but diaper costs are still a remaining burden on struggling families.
“People who are poor spend a disproportionate amount of their monthly income on diapers,” Aravich said. “Diapers can be expensive, they can be over $100 a month.”
According to Women Infant and Children (WIC) statistics, In Idaho 46% of children under the age of 3 live in low income homes or with families who are below the poverty level. These children are from families who have financial struggles that prevent them from covering all their children’s needs.
“We provide food through food stamps, and we provide other help and medical help, but there is no government assistance for diapers,” Aravich said.
Idaho Diaper Bank is hosting a diaper bundling event to get the first shipment of 30,000 diapers out to the organizations that are in contact with the children who need them.
The event is August 29 and begins at 10:15 a.m. The address is 1895 N. Blvd. in Idaho Falls and is open to volunteers from the community.
To volunteer, email the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP your attendance.
“Some people do like to give an actual product, but the best way to contribute, if possible, is to donate funding,” Aravich said, “You can donate through our website and if people want their donation restricted to Eastern Idaho, all they have to do is put that in the comments section.”
The website to visit for more information and to donate funds is www.idahodiaperbank.com