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Tuesday
Sep172019

Half Hollow Hills Students Hold Diaper Drive For Stony Brook Children's Hospital 

Half Hollow Hills West students in support of Stony Brook Children’s Hospital hosted a successful diaper drive on Sunday, September 15th at ShopRite in Commack. As shoppers entered the store students handed them a flyer and requested a diaper donation. A trip to the diaper aisle showed how successful the drive was. Navigation in the diaper aisle became difficult as people pushed their carts down the aisle and grabbed a package.  Several women said they were buying for the diaper drive and that being back in the aisle reminded them of their baby days. All were glad to help out. Half Hollow Hill West sophomores Callie Schatz, Hayden Schneider, Julia Velocci, Jade Morrell and Alexa Weisfeld

Donations from this first-ever diaper drive will go directly to Stony Brook Medicine’s Women, Infant and Children (WIC) Program, which provides food packages and information about nutrition to low-income pregnant women, brand new and breastfeeding mothers, and their babies and children up to five years of age.

Nearly 600 mothers and more than 650 infants (0-12 months) are enrolled in Stony Brook’s WIC Program. The director of the program says one of the most requested items on a daily basis are diapers. 

Studies show that on average, babies require up to 12 diapers a day, toddlers about eight. And, the average cost can total $70-$80 per month, per baby.

National Diaper Week is September 23-30th.  

  • 1 in 3 American families reports experiencing diaper need.

  • 5.2 million children in the U.S. aged three or younger live in poor or low-income families.

  • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, toddlers about 8.

  • Disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 per month per baby.

  • No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.

  • Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large “big box” store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.

  • Most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.

In recognition of and as a lead up to National Diaper Need Awareness Week (September 23-29), the effort by Stony Brook Children’s Hospital and compassionate community members will continue to increase the awareness of the diaper need and help those affected. For more information, visit stonybrookchildrens.org/diaperdrive2019