The Boca West Children’s Foundation (BWCF) is out to break its record of collecting 100,000 diapers for the Diaper Bank, Covering South Florida, during the BWCF Diaper Drive. Diapers can be ordered online or dropped off at Boca West Realty Office (20583 Boca West Drive) through the end of February. Since the start of the pandemic, diaper requests have increased by 27 percent. Diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6 are particularly needed.
The foundation has served as a major supporter of the Diaper Bank since 2016 as it falls within the organization’s mission to help programs that aid local children.
“Clean diapers are as essential as food and a place to live for a baby. Whether or not a child has enough clean diapers impacts not only the child’s health, but the parents’ ability to work,” said Pamela Weinroth, executive director and COO of Boca West Children’s Foundation. “Last year, the Foundation collected 100,000 diapers and we hope to do so again this year.”
Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities, require parents to provide a daily supply of disposable diapers to care for a baby. Without childcare, parents cannot go to work or school.
Throughout the year, BWCF also accepts monetary donations for the Diaper Bank. According to the National Diaper Bank Network, a donation of $25 will purchase 120 diapers; $50 will purchase 250 diapers; and $100 will purchase 500 diapers. Donations may be made by check to Boca West Children’s Foundation and mailed to P.O. Box 3070, Boca Raton, FL 33431.
A few facts about the need for diapers from the National Diaper Bank Network:
- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.
- Disposable diapers can cost $80 per month, per baby.
- No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
- Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.
- Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities, require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.
- The Supplemental Nutrition Supplement Program (SNAP), also known as food stamps, does not cover diapers.