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National Diaper Bank Network, Charities To Donate 20 Million Diapers To Families In Need

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KIDS and National Diaper Bank
KIDS and National Diaper Bank

The DC Diaper Bank estimates that a child goes through six diapers per day, which can cost up to $120 per month per child.

For Americans living in poverty, the price is steep -- but thanks to Kids in Distressed Situations, Inc., (K.I.D.S.) and the National Diaper Bank Network, that weight might be lifted.

Together, the organizations pledged to donate 20 million Huggies diapers to families in need -- 5 million every three months to different organization. They began with needy teen mothers in the D.C. area on Feb. 21, according to a press release.

"Diapers are a basic necessity for babies and toddlers," Dr. Janice Weinman, President of K.I.D.S., said in the release, "but the ability to ensure a sufficient supply is out of reach for many in this country, thus affecting their health and well-being. We are so grateful to be partnering with the National Diaper Bank Network to help combat this terrible situation. There is nothing more relevant to the mission of K.I.D.S. than to provide the basic essentials to those in need, to ensure a physically and emotionally healthy development."

Currently, 22 percent of American children are living in poverty, and 34 percent of families admit cutting back on other basics like food and utilities to afford their child's diapers, according to the Diaper Bank Network.

Huggies conducted a survey in 2010 which stated 95 percent of American mothers agree that clean diapers are a basic need for children, and such, 34 percent were forced to cutback on basic essentials like food, childcare or utilities to ensure their child had diapers.

Huggies has agreed to donate the diapers, following their Every Little Bottom campaign, which launched in 2010 and has so far collected 60 million diapers in donations to reallocate to mothers in need.

To donate diapers, click here, or find a diaper donation center in your area.

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