Diapers are a necessity. They are not optional. Yet no government assistance addresses the need for diapers. Did you know that the lowest income quintile of families pays nearly 14% of their yearly income for diapers alone? Can you imagine coming home already stressed from working to support your family, struggling to pay your rent and power and water bills, and hearing the heartbreaking cries of your baby in a dirty diaper, crying from a diaper rash, knowing that you have to make your last few diapers stretch until you get paid on Friday?
This is the reality for nearly 1 in 3 families. Diaper need has been linked by research to maternal depression and child abuse. LINK, SNAP, WIC…none of these programs allow a family to purchase diapers. And because they are unlikely to have memberships to stores like Costco and Sams where they can purchase cheaply in bulk, they actually pay MORE for diapers than wealthy families.
Heartland Doulas is committed to helping address diaper need in Central Illinois.
No Child Wet Behind
Through the national nonprofit No Child Wet Behind, we are pleased to announce that our inaugural 5K and 1 mile fun run will take place in Donovan Park on Saturday, May 27th, 2017. Not only are we committed to raising money for Crittenton Centers through this race, but we are also collecting diapers for donation in several Central IL businesses. Just look for the big blue boxes! Additionally, diapers can be purchased via our Amazon Wishlist or dropped by our office in the basement of Heritage Square in Peoria Heights.
Crittenton Centers offers many services to families in need, including a crisis nursery where they can have their children cared for up to 72 hours
and a pantry of items such as formula, diapers, and baby food that needy families can use to help meet their needs. While Crittenton Centers cannot accept open formula cans, they will accept open packages of diapers. So please, donate the leftover diapers that your babies have outgrown as well as new packages that you’ve purchased! All proceeds from our run and generous donors like you will be donated to Crittenton Centers.