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Diaper Drive 2020 | A donation of just $5 can help those in need

The Mid-South Food Bank and Local 24 ask you to help mothers in need. Even a small donation can make a big difference.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — For National Diaper Need Awareness Week, Local 24 is teaming up with the Mid-South Food Bank to raise $10,000 for the Bare Needs Diaper Bank to provide diapers for babies in need.

By raising $10,000, we can provide 67,000 diapers to help 2,000 babies.

Infants need up to 12 diapers a day which costs about $80 a month per baby. That's a high expense for families already struggling to get by, made worse by the pandemic.

“There are a lot of resources for individuals to get food," Shari Douglas, diaper bank director said. "There’s food stamps and things of that nature. For the diapers, they are not provided through any government assistance program so without diaper banks, they wouldn’t have adequate access to those products.”

1-in-3 families are struggling to buy diapers for their little ones. 

Since the start of the pandemic, the demand of help needed has increased for the diaper bank. It started with assisting 5 agencies to distribute free diapers to those in need. That number has now increased to 25 agencies.

“It says we definitely need more support and more products so we can continue to get these out," Douglas said. "We cover 31 counties and a lot of these counties are starting to reach out more as they find out about the diaper bank.”

Our goal is raise $10,000 this fall to help support Mid-South families who need help providing diapers for their babies.  

"It's for the child because the child has to grow up, the child has to be healthy and if they mother has no way to provide it the child has no way of providing it for themselves," Douglas said.

You can click the button below to donate or go here to submit your donation.