This morning, relatively bright and early, I hopped on my bike and set off for the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona.
One hundred thousand diapers. Hang on, let me write that out in numbers because it really is a terrific number,
were donated by Huggies’s Every Little Bottom Counts program. to the Diaper Bank, and so to Tucson’s children in need. It was a beautiful thing.
I, along with some of the ladies of Tucson Junior League, James and Jerry from Lowes, a bunch of students from Las Artes and the coolest truck driver ever, Rosa Lee, unloaded the diapers into the storage facility ready to be distributed. Size 4, 5, and 6 are the diapers typically in desperate need by the Diaper Bank. Yeah!
Unfortunately, what was also clear is that all diapers are in need. In fact, the Diaper Bank is all out of diapers for preemies, newborns, those in sizes one and two. Just take a second and think about that. Need some help?
There are no diapers for the very youngest infants at the institution’s distribution center for our community that provides diapers to those in need.
While we’re on the topic, there were zero adult incontinence supplies in large and extra large. And before you go off thinking that isn’t a big need, or that is only for the ol’ geezers. Take a walk down the continence supply aisle in Walgreens or CVS. Seriously, this is an issue. According to the National Association for Continence “One-third of men and women ages 30-70 have experienced loss of bladder control at some point in their adult lives and may be still living with the symptoms.” And women, those pantiliners might not count as ‘continence’ supplies, but if it isn’t for menstrual periods what are you using them for? Yeah, I thought so.
So, it was a beautiful thing, this large donation, and I am so grateful that Huggies is donating in this way, but I’m already thinking about the infants and the adult need and what we can do to. No, it won’t be huge, but it will be something. Watch this space. I have some ideas a-hatching and maybe you can help a mother (a father, a caregiver) out.
*Nov 17, 2010 http://www.nafc.org/media/statistics/prevalence-2/