Did you know one in three American families struggles to afford diapers for their child, according to a survey by Huggies and the National Diaper Bank Network? Did you know that diapers cannot be purchased with SNAP (Food Stamps) or WIC benefits?
Children & Youth Partnership for Dare County (CYP) recognizes that diaper need is a problem for families in Dare County, and has set out to collaborate with our community to address it through CYP’s Diaper Bank – a Change for the Better. Since launching in May of 2020, CYP has held eleven diaper distribution events that have provided over 1,300 packs of diapers to families in the Dare County community, with the help of the Outer Banks Community Foundation and several other individuals, businesses, and organizations.
For the month of February, CYP is excited to announce two separate diaper distribution events (one in Manteo and one in Kitty Hawk) where families will be able to receive free diapers to help with their diapering needs. By providing two events, families will have the opportunity to choose the option that works best for their family. While supplies last, diaper sizes available at both events are newborn to size six, with a limit of two packs of diapers per family.
The first of these free events will be CYP’s contactless Diaper Pick-Up on Tuesday, February 9-Wednesday, February 10 from 9:30am-6:00pm at the Center for CYP in Manteo (please note that this event will be held for TWO days). At this event, families will arrive at the Center for CYP, located at 534 Ananias Dare Street in Manteo. Families will call the CYP office at 252-441-0614 to let them know their size needs, and will remain in their vehicles. A CYP staff member will bring the needed diapers to a table outside, and return to the office. Families can then get out of their vehicles to get their diapers from the table.
The second February diaper distribution will be held on Wednesday, February 24 from 12:00pm-5:00pm at Kitty Hawk Baptist Church. During this Diaper Drive-Thru, families will arrive at Kitty Hawk Baptist Church (3946 N. Croatan Highway, Kitty Hawk) and drive up to the table at the front of the building. Families will let the staff member at the table know their size needs, and will remain in their vehicles. Staff will hand the diapers through the car window to families.
Please contact CYP at (252)441-0614, visit darekids.org, or follow CYP on Facebook at facebook.com/cypdarekids for more information about these and other upcoming distributions.
Are you interested in helping us make a Change for the Better? CYP is accepting tax-deductible monetary donations and donations of unopened packs diapers for CYP’s Diaper Bank. Visit darekids.org/blog/cyps-diaper-bank to learn more about how you can help!