Imagine needing to choose between buying diapers for your child or putting gas in your car. Or trying to wash a dirty disposable diaper because you don’t have any fresh ones for your baby.
In America, this is a reality for many families with young children, with diapers costing nearly $80 monthly for families with one young child.
Recognizing this need in the Dare County community, Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (CYP) launched CYP’s Diaper Bank in May of this year thanks to a generous grant from the Outer Banks Community Foundation and the amazing support of individuals, businesses, and organizations in our local community.
Since that time, CYP has been able to distribute an estimated 29,000 diapers to over 400 families through monthly contactless pick-up events and additional diaper drive-thru events across the Outer Banks.
As the holiday season approaches, CYP is reaching out to the local community to help with restocking the Diaper Bank’s shelves for the challenging winter months on the Outer Banks.
CYP has set a goal of collecting 200 packs of new, unopened diapers by Giving Tuesday, which falls on December 1 this year.
Reaching that goal would provide an estimated 7,000 diaper changes for the better in the Dare County community.
There are many ways to help.
CYP recently created a ‘Diaper Drive Toolkit’ that is available for use by any individual, business, or organization who is interested in holding their own diaper drive.
CYP is also accepting tax-deductible monetary donations and donations of unopened diapers for CYP’s Diaper Bank. Visit darekids.org/blog/cyps-diaper-bank to learn more about how you can help.
Any families in need of diapers can come by one of our upcoming diaper distribution events, including a Diaper Drive-Thru event on December 2 from 12:00pm-5:00pm at Kitty Hawk Baptist Church, and CYP’s monthly contactless diaper pick-up event on December 14-16, from 9:30am-6:00pm at the Center for CYP in Manteo. These diaper distribution events are free for families.
To learn more about CYP’s upcoming diaper distribution events or to follow our progress on reaching our Giving Tuesday goal, please visit www.darekids.org, follow CYP on Facebook at facebook.com/cypdarekids, or contact CYP at (252)441-0614.