Gov. Jay Inslee’s office recently issued Triumph a proclamation for Diaper Need Awareness Week, which will run from Sept. 28 – Oct. 4.
The week will be an opportunity for community members, businesses and organizations to support Covering Baby Bottoms, Triumph’s diaper bank, by hosting a diaper drive or making a donation to the bank.
Participants can gather larger size diapers as well as u-line bags, diaper rash cream and wipes, as these are some of the bank’s largest areas of need. The businesses that would like to donate or host a drive will be included in cross marketing materials on Triumph’s website, Facebook/LinkedIn page, in the agency newsletter and any follow up coverage in local media.
If you’re interested in hosting a drive or you’d like a Triumph staff member to make a presentation about the drive for your business or organization, please call Wyatt Kanyer at (509) 853-4124 or Angelica Vasquez at (509) 248-1800 In the meantime, here are some statistics about diaper needs in Washington state:
- 43 percent of children in Washington state are younger than six years old and live in families with income levels less than 200 percent the national poverty level.
- Diapers cannot be bought with food stamps or WIC vouchers, making it difficult for families experiencing poverty to purchase adequate supplies for their young children.
- Most childcare programs require a supply of diapers in order for young children to enroll.(According to Child Care Aware’s 2013 annual report, the average annual cost of child care in Washington state was $12,108, which accounted for more than 14 percent of a median household income in the state).