Lafayette, LA – Every infant and toddler deserves to be pampered, but not every parent can afford diapers, let alone meet some of their children’s other basic needs. Amid a global pandemic that is taking its toll on the national economy and job market, the outlook is even more grim for parents trying to make ends meet.
Infants use an average 12 diapers a day; toddlers, about 8, according to the National Diaper Bank Network. Disposable diapers cost about $80 a month for just one child. When you consider there is an estimated 12 million children under age 3 in the nation – 188,000 in Louisiana alone – the need is apparent.
Our Lady of Lourdes recently joined forces with Junior League of Lafayette to increase the reach of Junior League’s Diaper Bank project. Started in 2019, the Diaper Bank collects donations of diapers in all sizes, separates them into packs of 25 and distributes the packs to families in need through the United Way of Acadiana, DesOrmeaux Foundation, The Family Tree, Love INC. of Lafayette and other area partner agencies.
The collaboration with Our Lady of Lourdes bolsters the distribution to 70,000 diapers annually, making a significant impact on the need here in Acadiana. A distribution day recently occurred earlier this month to partner agencies.
“We couldn’t be more excited to partner with Junior League of Lafayette to provide for such a basic need of so many area neighbors struggling to make ends meet,” said Carrie Templeton, Vice President/Administrator for Our Lady of Lourdes Women’s & Children’s Hospital. “The Diaper Bank project is making a notable impact today and will stand as a beacon of hope for generations to come.”
The Diaper Bank project is the latest in a series of collaborations between Our Lady of Lourdes and Junior League of Lafayette to address needs affecting the community. Others include the No Fear No Future mock crash and annual Tinsel & Treasures Holiday Market.
“Our Lady of Lourdes has proven time and again to be a phenomenal partner in our mission to build better communities,” said Dr. Melanie Fowler, Junior League of Lafayette president. “Together, we are identifying needs in the region and providing support so families can focus on what’s truly important.”