Catholic Charities conducts May diaper drive to honor mothers

May 5, 2017— (Wilmington, DE) — Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Wilmington, is hosting a diocese-wide diaper drive to benefit Catholic Charities Bayard House Diaper Bank. The diaper drive will continue throughout the month of May 2017. Donors can drop off diapers of all sizes, baby hygiene items, and gift cards at all Catholic Charities locations during regular business hours. Donors can also visit Catholic Charities website at www.cdow.org/charities to make a donation using a credit card. Please note Diaper Drive in the comments section.

As one of only three affiliates of the National Diaper Bank Network in Delaware, Catholic Charities supplies diapers to families in need for their children under the age of three. Each family can get six distributions of diapers per year. Currently, Catholic Charities Diaper Bank supports over 200 families.

“May is a time to show support for mothers, and you can demonstrate your support for the mothers in our diocese struggling to meet one of their child’s most basic needs – diapers. One in three American moms struggles to provide their babies with diapers. This is called diaper need, and there’s very little help or public resources for it,” said Richelle A. Vible, Executive Director. “By making a diaper donation, you are helping moms in the community provide for their babies’ health and happiness. Diapers may seem like a small thing, but diaper need can severely impact a household’s ability to remain self-sufficient.”

Babies in dirty diapers suffer. Diaper shortages can lead to serious health problems for babies as well as disease outbreaks for communities. A healthy change of diapers costs $100 or more each month for all age children. Many parents struggling to pay for rent and food cannot afford the high cost of an adequate supply of diapers for their children. Licensed day care centers require a full day’s supply of disposable, not cloth, diapers. Food assistance programs, like SNAP or WIC, focus solely on food and nutrition and don’t cover diapers. Cloth diapers are also not an option for low-income families. Most do not have affordable access to washing facilities, and coin-operated laundromats do not allow customers to wash cloth diapers for health and sanitary reasons.

Someone in need of diapers, or know of a family that can benefit from the Bayard House Diaper Bank, are instructed to call Bayard House at 302-654-1184 to learn more about the program. Families must meet income guidelines and have children of the appropriate age.

Cash donations to Bayard House may qualify organizations and individuals who pay Delaware State income taxes for tax credits. In exchange for a qualified contribution, the Neighborhood Assistance Act program provides state tax credits equal to 50% of the investment. For individuals, a qualified donation is $2,500; for businesses, the amount is $10,000. Please call Catholic Charities at 302-655-9624 to learn more about this option.

Catholic Charities can accept diaper donations at its locations Monday through Friday between 9 am to 4 pm. Drop off donations at:

Main Office
2601 W 4TH Street
Wilmington, DE 19805
302-655-9624

Bayard House*
300 Bayard Avenue
Wilmington, DE 19805
302-654-1184

Marydale Retirement Village
135 Jeandell Drive
Newark, DE 19713
302-368-2784

Kent County Office
2099 S DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901
(302) 674-1600

Sussex County Office
406 S Bedford Street, Ste 9
Georgetown, DE 19947
302-856-9578

Casa San Francisco*
127 Broad Street
Milton DE 19968
302-684-8694

Seton Center
30632 Hampden Avenue
Princess Ann, MD 21853
410-651-9608

*Casa San Francisco and Bayard House can accept donations 7 days a week. Please call ahead before making a donation.

Established in 1830 as St. Peter’s Orphanage in Wilmington, Catholic Charities’ services have grown from the care of orphaned children to include providing care for those facing complex social problems such as chronic poverty, homelessness, hunger, mental illness, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and teen pregnancy. The agency serves over 100,000 individuals each year throughout Delaware and the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

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Contact: Paula Savini
302-655-9624
[email protected]