Diaper Drive and Newborn Baskets First time Moms in need get a complete baby shower in a laundry basket to help get through that first week. We do welcome used baby clothing and gear all year long to fill wishes, but for this project, the goods must be new. We love to see the baskets wrapped in cellophane with a pretty bow so that each new Mom knows that this is a special gift for her and her beautiful new baby.
Diaper Drive and Baby Supplies Project
We welcome diapers or complete kits or items for the kits: Each laundry basket contains 1 pack of newborn diapers and wipes along with all the basics for a newborn to thrive in that first week while mom gets connected to social services. We always need disposable diapers in any size all year long for kids. Open packs of diapers are welcome.
All goods should be new for these baskets. Used baby clothing, gear and goods are welcome but are given out to experienced mothers through the Wish placement system.
- Baby Blanket (We especially love them when they are hand knitted or crocheted out of soft yarn or are quilted!)
- 3 Newborn sized Onesies- new
- Diaper cream
- Baby shampoo
- Pack of NB sized diapers
- Pack of wipes – 80 ct size
- New bottles w/ nipples- 4oz, 3 or more
- Bottle brush
- Small toy or rattle
- Bottle of alcohol
Any other great goodies you might want to add for example nail clippers, burp cloths, bibs, teethers, booties, newborn caps, new stuffed animals, pacifier, soft wash cloths, hooded baby towels, diaper bags, baby lotion, thermometers, etc… are very welcome.
Who Receives the Kits?
Generally, these kits are in short supply. Therefore we limit them to first time mothers. All clients that we work with are low income or have experienced a crisis. Crisis clients are victims of fire, flood or spousal assault.
The Diaper Shortage Story – The clients we help never have enough diapers. They are expensive, necessary and almost impossible to get inexpensively. Since most low income moms do not have cars, they are limited to buying them when they have money and at local convenience stores. WIC assists with food only. They do not assist with diapers. Even at discount stores, diapers are very expensive (and often of poor quality). On more than one occasion a caring low income Mom has come close to losing custody of a child over diapers. When faced with the decision of buying food, paying the rent or buying more diapers, some moms may need to leave Baby in them longer than optimal. This results in unhappy babies with rashes or worse. Every day caseworkers are asking us for these for the sake of the babies health. We can barely keep them on the shelves. Unlike many other paper products, they are not available in bulk any cheaper. We are always on the lookout for a good sale and would love to be able to buy them in bulk. But so far, based on our research, they still are not much less expensive even in bulk. We appreciate you helping us to provide these basic items cost efficiently. We give out a staggering amount of diapers each month – they are always in huge demand. We never have enough. Although we always need all sizes of diapers, we are generally short of the larger sizes, especially size 5 and 6. These sizes are especially needed.
All babies deserve to have dry, comfortable, healthy, baby butts!
How You Can Help
Collect diapers and/or new baby goods. Some groups knit baby clothing and blankets. Complete kits are very welcome all year long though our emphasis on this project is in March and the Baby New Year Collection.