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Closing the ‘Diaper Gap’

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Diapers: They stink, they add up and they’re something no new parent wants to be caught without. For some families who can’t always afford them, they’re the source of a constant fear.

“The stress of not having enough diapers, studies have shown that that is equal or greater to the stress when you don’t have enough food,” Beverly Hamilton, founder of the Austin Diaper Bank, said. “That’s the level of need we’re talking about.”

A baby can go through 2,000 to 3,000 diapers a year, which can cost up to $100 a month per baby. Unlike formula and other baby needs, diapers can’t be purchased through government assistance programs.

That’s why many community members around Texas are pooling their resources, to help fill what’s called “the diaper gap,” and collect donations through diaper banks.

“After I found out about diaper need I was so thankful that I had the extra diapers when my baby was sick and I needed a few more, and I can’t imagine how that would feel if I wasn’t able to,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton says parents who don’t have enough diapers are often faced with having to beg, borrow and steal to make ends meet--or even leave soiled diapers on babies for longer than they should, which can lead to other health concerns.

“We’re a group of parents who decided together that we didn’t want to allow our neighbors and our neighbor’s kids to go without,” Hamilton said.

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