LOGAN – One in three families in the United States struggle to provide enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry, and healthy, and the numbers are not that much different here in Cache Valley.
Ted Chalfant, Executive Director of Little Lambs Foundation, said they have passed out over 200,000 diapers so far this year to struggling families.
“A lot of these families at the end of their paycheck have to decide if they buy food or formula or diapers that week. We do our best to remove that burden of purchasing diapers from them,” Chalfant said.
Chalfant said many might think there’s not a problem because it’s not a concern within their own neighborhood or social circle, but he encourages people to become aware of the need.
“Not only does it affect the children, it affects the parents. It’s really distressing for mom and dad to not have enough food, but not having diapers can be even more distressing,” he explained.
Little Lambs Foundation is holding a Donuts and Diapers event Monday, September 23 at 12 p.m. to celebrate their 5th anniversary and to raise awareness as part of National Diaper Need Awareness Week. Anyone who brings a pack of diapers to the event will be entered into a prize drawing.
Size 4 and 6 diapers tend to be the sizes that run out the quickest, and Little Lambs has made it easy to get involved. Those interested can make a monetary donation on their website or drop off diapers at their center. Community and youth groups are also encouraged to organize a diaper drive.
Little Lambs has a monthly diaper program where families that are struggling are able to sign up for the diaper program based on the Federal poverty guidelines. Little Lambs gives the family three packs of 20 diapers and the wipes they will need that month.
“It’s very simple. If a family is in need of diapers, we do our very best to provide them with what they need,” Chalfant said.
The diapers are donated through various organizations and community members, and the monetary donations received go to purchasing diapers in the sizes that are needed most.
One misconception Chalfant has heard is the claim that these families can turn to cloth diapers as a solution to their problem, but he said that’s simply not an answer.
“The start-up costs of cloth diapering are very expensive, and many of these families don’t have regular access to washing machines and dryers, and couldn’t afford the cost to take the diapers to a laundromat, so it’s really just not an option for them,” he explained.
The event on Monday will feature a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a short speech. Guests will then be welcome to tour their facility and learn more about the programs they offer.
“We’re celebrating our community of the last five years for that support and belief they’ve had in us,” he said. “Come see what we’re all about and those who have been here before, come and say hi again.”