TAMPA, Fla. — The Junior League of Tampa is in need of diapers to help some of the bay area's most vulnerable children.
As one of the only major diaper banks in Hillsborough County, The Junior League of Tampa's Diaper Bank serves to combat diaper need within the Tampa Bay area by supplying diapers to programs in our community. Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy.
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Disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month per baby and there is state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers, according to The Junior League of Tampa.
The Junior League of Tampa creates diaper kits consisting of 25 diapers, one package of disposable wipes and one bottle of diaper cream. A family needs a minimum of five diapers per day to be able to send a child to daycare.
"Parents who don't have enough diapers to send their child to daycare can't go to work or school," said Caroline Foss of The Junior League of Tampa.
Foss helped create the organization's Diaper Bank in Tampa Bay after seeing how great the need was for diapers in Houston following Hurricane Harvey.
The Diaper Bank currently accepts the following items:
Diapers can be accepted in opened packages. The organization can currently only accept unopened packages of wipes, diaper cream, menstrual pads, and tampons.
The Gulf Coast Jewish Family Community Center is one of the non-profit agencies that receives diapers from The Junior League of Tampa's Diaper Bank. They say these donations change the lives of hundreds of families.
"Any relief that we can provide them is huge and this is a big cost," said Jennifer Colton with the Gulf Coast Jewish Family Community Center.
The Junior League of Tampa Diaper Bank does not distribute diapers directly to individuals or families.
If you are an individual in need of diapers, please contact Champions for Children at 813-673-4646.
The Junior League of Tampa will also be accepting diaper donations at its 2019 Holiday Gift Market on November 7 to 10 at the Florida State Fairgrounds.