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Holy Huggies!

If you walked into our warehouse right now, you’d be overwhelmed with diapers!  Literally, you’d be tripping over them.  Clean diapers of course.  Yesterday, FIVE semi trucks pulled into our parking lot, loaded with Huggies diapers.  800,000 Huggies diapers!!!!!!!!  You read that right.  800,000 diapers!  All waiting to be distributed to our agencies who work with little ones.  A whole lotta’ local moms, dads, grandmas and grandpas will have one less expense to worry about.  Here’s what Huggies has to say about their gift, which was delivered to 11 additional states across the nation.  Can you imagine how many diapers were donated if we received 5 truck loads just in Denver?

Joanne Samuel Goldblum, MSW, Executive Director of The National Diaper Bank Network (left) pictured with representatives of FBR Member Agencies, Baby Haven and Little Giants

“Diapers are a basic need for children in the United States and are essential to their growth and development. The problem – a third of American families struggle to afford diapers for their children.  To support the launch of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), a non-profit organization with a mission to raise awareness of diaper need, Huggies Every Little Bottom is donating 12 million diapers this holiday season to moms and babies in need. Huggies and the NDBN will be traveling to 12 cities in 12 days, delivering a total of 12 million diapers along the way. Denver was selected as one of the 12 cities and received 800,000 diapers to help local families in need.

In a recent study, 34% of American families cut back on basics such as food, utilities and child care to purchase diapers for their children.  An adequate supply of diapers can cost over $100 per month.  Food Stamp Programs and WIC do not cover the cost of diapers.  The vast majority of licensed day care centers do not accept cloth diapers, and require parents and caregivers to provide a steady supply of disposable diapers.  Most people living in poverty do not have affordable access to washing facilities. Furthermore, most coin-operated laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons.”

How do we say THANKS to Huggies for this incredible donation? It is SO appreciated and will go an incredibly long way for Coloradans in need!

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