100,000 Diapers in 100 Days
For the second year running, Catholic Charities Emerging Leaders Council (ELC) is running the 100,000 Diapers in 100 Days drive, starting Mothers' Day, May 14. All proceeds go to our smallest clients: the babies up to the age of 2 whose parents turn to our Pregnancy and Parenting Program for help and support.
want to host your own collection drive?
You can help the moms, dads, and babies we serve, by participating in the ELC's 100,000 Diapers and 100 Days drive. Here's what you need to do:
- Contact our In-Kind Donations Coordinator, Deborah, at (412) 456-6695 / email@example.com to order promotional materials and to schedule drop-off
- Select a period of two weeks or more within our 100 days drive (May 14 through August 22) to host your own "mini drive"
- Post or distribute your promotional materials to your employees, students, parishioners, or group-members
- Watch those diapers pile in!
Prefer to donate diapers electronically?
Buying diapers at Amazon Smile and having them mailed directly to us benefits our clients in two ways:
1. The moms and dads that we serve through our Pregnancy and Parenting Program receive free diapers for their babies, and
2. 0.5% of the cost of your purchase is donated to Catholic Charities.
Best of all, it's easy! Here's how it works: log on to your regular Amazon account at Amazon Smile and select "Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Pittsburgh" as the organization you would like to benefit from your purchase. Select your choice of diapers (we're looking especially for sizes 1 through 5) and wipes, and have them mailed to our downtown office at 212 9th Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
prefer to donate cash?
Go to our donation page, select "Pregnancy and Parenting" from the drop-down next to "designation," name your amount, and help keep those babies dry! (Donations to Pregnancy and Parenting support the Program as a whole.)
Did you know?:
- One baby will use over 5,500 diapers during his or her first two years of life.
- Many daycares require that parents supply diapers and wipes for their babies - no diapers can mean no childcare for those who need it most.
- In their first month of life, babies need to be changed every 2 to 2.5 hours.
- Although cloth diapers might seem like an economical option, for low-income families they are impractical and expensive:
- Many low-income families do their laundry using paid machines. If a family spends $1 on every wash and $1 on every dry, and washes three loads of diapers every week, they will spend a total of $312 per year just on washing - excluding the cost of detergents, sanitizers, and the diapers themselves.
- Cloth diapers are not cheap, and usually require multiple pieces of equipment, including liners, covers, snappis, sprayers, bins, and wet bags.
- Cloth diapers are time-consuming.
- Because cloth wicks less moisture than disposables, babies who wear cloth are often more prone to rashes.
- Few daycares allow cloth.