Diapers are a basic need, not a luxury item. Diaper Need is a silent crisis with parents and caregivers often choosing between food, rent or buying diapers.
For this reason, the Junior League of Central Westchester (JLCW) opened the Westchester County Diaper Bank in partnership with the Westchester County Executive’s office and the Westchester County Department of Social Services. The Diaper Bank provides diapers at no cost as temporary assistance to families in need in Westchester County. The JLCW operates the diaper bank and distributes the diapers through the Westchester County Department of Social Services. The JLCW through the Diaper Bank may also, on occasion, provide diapers for disaster relief efforts outside of the County as it sees fit.
The JLCW is planning for other community-based organizations to help us distribute diapers to families in need in the near future.
How Can You Help?
The Diaper Bank relies on donations, community drives and corporate sponsorships. The JLCW is seeking individuals, community organizations and corporate sponsors to support the Diaper Bank and our families in the community.
Click here for a list of drop-off bin locations.
Our greatest need is for diapers in size 4 and larger, as well as pull-ups.
You can also sign up to participate in a packaging event. We hold packaging events several times a year.
“Diaper deprivation” is a very serious problem affecting 1 in 3 American mothers, according to a recent study sponsored by Huggies. Without an ample supply of diapers, babies wear used diapers or wear a diaper for too long. These habits lead to poor health from infections, emotional struggles due to discomfort (babies), missing ritual/bonding time (mothers and babies), distress from tough choices (pay bills or buy diapers; miss work due to lack of diapers for daycare). Public assistance doesn’t cover the purchase of diapers.”
Further, a recent study by Yale University has found that babies who wear soiled diapers for too long risk dermatological infections as well as urinary tract infections. Uncomfortable and fussy babies can cause stress in the adult caregiver, leading to unhealthy conditions.
Please spread the word about this silent epidemic!
Thank you to the generous community members who have run drives and dropped off diapers in our bins around the county. The babies and their caregivers are forever grateful!