One in three American moms struggle everyday to provide their babies with the basic essentials-the first and foremost-diapers.
Providing diapers are so critical due to the fact that there is very little help or public resources that address this issue. Non-profit organizations such as Charlotte Behavioral Health Care and Charlotte County Healthy Start Coalition work with families and individuals in crisis and are constantly listing diapers as an ongoing and top priority for the several number of moms that are assisted daily.
An average infant uses up to 12 diapers per day, a toddler up to 8 per day. But in low income houses, a baby may be in a single diaper all day or longer. The cost of diapers for a young child can reach upwards of $100 per month, a stressful amount for vulnerable families living on the edge. Sometimes families have to choose between diapers and food or other essentials for their families.
That’s why, from September 30th -October 11th Charlotte Behavioral Health Care and Healthy Start is holding our 2nd Annual Diaper Drive to benefit low-income families in our local Healthy Start program. Our goal this year is to collect 1,000 diapers in this 2 week drive.
If you would like to donate diapers or make a monetary donation for our Diaper Drive, please drop off to Charlotte Behavioral Health Care located at 1700 Education Ave, Punta Gorda.
The Charlotte County Healthy Start Coalition is a collaborative effort of Doctors, nurses and other area health care professionals that join together to evaluate each pregnancy to help expectant moms have healthier babies, reduce infant mortality and improve the overall health and development of Charlotte County children. Each mom-to-be and newborn is screened to determine the types of services they might need for baby’s HEALTHY START in life.