Ready to help babies stay dry, healthy, and happy?
We’ve partnered with the Idaho Diaper Bank, Panhandle Health District, Post Falls Food Bank, and Community Action Partnership to close the diaper gap in North Idaho. Now through September 30th you can donate unopened packages of diapers and wipes at any of locations below.
- The Inland Northwest SIDS foundation | 103 4th Street Suite 250, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
- Community Action Partnership | 4144 Industrial Loop, Coeur d'Alene, ID 83815
- Post Falls Food Bank | 415 E 3rd Ave, Post Falls, ID 83854
- Panhandle Health District | 8500 N Atlas Rd, Hayden, ID 83834
You can also donate dollars!
Partnering with the Idaho Diaper Bank gives us access to negotiated bulk discounts so your $10 donation is turned into one month’s supplement of diapers to a baby in need. Donations made through United Way of North Idaho stay local, so you can be assured your contribution helps families right here in Kootenai County.
Text ‘diaper’ to 40403 to donate, or click here to donate online.
$10 Provides a one month’s supplement of diapers to a baby in need
$30 Provides a three month’s supplement of diapers to a baby in need
$120 Provides a one year’s supplement of diapers to a baby in need
$500 Helps supplement over 50 babies in need per month
What is Diaper Need?
Babies go through 6-10 diapers a day, which costs about $18 a week or $936 per year on diaper supplies for each child.
Services like WIC, Medicaid, and SNAP (“food stamps”) cannot be used to purchase diapers
55% of children under the age of 3 in Idaho live in poverty or low-income families; at least 1 out of every 3 families struggle to afford diapers.
Dirty diapers can make us sick and spread hepatitis A, viral meningitis, and sever bacterial diarrhea. Frequent diaper changes prevent painful diaper rash, loss of appetite, staph, urinary infections, or renal failure. A supply of clean diapers are required to attend most early childcare programs; without them, children miss out on educational opportunities and parents can’t attend work or school.
Diaper need is even more distressing to moms than not having enough food for their family. Women with diaper need report more difficulty with stress management, depression, and coping with trauma—which can negatively affect a child’s health and development.
The severe health and social consequences for babies and families who do not have access to diapers is a bum deal. Lack of enough diapers can lead to a whole mountain of problems for families in need: unhappy babies, unhealthy communities, under-educated toddlers, and under-employed adults. Something so basic as a diaper can actually have a big impact on a family’s ability to become financially self-sufficient.
Source: Pediatrics - Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Diaper Needs and Its Impact on Child Health” - July 29, 2015
· Panhandle Health District | 8500 N Atlas Rd, Hayden, ID 83835· Panhandle Health District | 8500 N Atlas Rd, Hayden, ID 83835