First Hope Project

It takes between 8 and 12 diapers a day to keep a baby well diapered – and diapers are expensive, costing more than $100 per month per child. Existing safety-net programs such as WIC and food stamps do not cover their purchase.

The goal of the SOS First Hope Project is to provide emergency diaper kits to families in need.

  • For times when partner organizations are not open, such as weekends and holidays, SOS provides emergency diaper packs to families. We provide diapers, baby wipes, and rash cream in the kits.

How We Work

The SOS First Hope Project works to ensure that families receive emergency diaper kits in three ways:

  • Direct: SOS will distribute emergency diaper kits directly to those in need, until we have established an extensive partner organization list.

  • Partner Organizations: SOS works with established family-support organizations to distribute diapers emergency kits to low-income families. Using these existing networks, SOS can efficiently get diapers to those in greatest need.

  • Diaper Drives and Drop-off Locations: SOS provides administrative and logistical help to community groups, churches and synagogues, schools, and civic organizations who wish to sponsor a diaper drive or serve as a diaper drop-off location for SOS.

DIRECT IMPACTS

  • Inadequate diaper changing increases the risk of numerous health problems including diaper rash and may be linked to an increase rate of hepatitis

  • Low income families cannot take advantage of free or subsidized childcare, if they cannot afford to leave disposable diapers at the childcare centers.  An unfortunate consequence of an inadequate supply of diapers is work and school truancy among the caregivers

  • A baby crying from being in a soiled diaper for a prolonged period of time may be at a greater risk of physical abuse by the caregiver, as recognized in studies in patterns of abuse among low-income families

BARE FACTS

  • Infants need up to 12 diapers per day; toddlers up to 8 per day

  • A healthy change of diapers can cost up to $100 a month

  • In low-income households, babies and toddlers often spend the entire day or longer in one single diaper, because the family cannot afford to buy an adequate supply of diapers

  • Safety Net Programs such as food stamps and WIC do not cover diapers

  • Diaper manufacturers do not donate diapers

  • Food banks do not receive expired diapers (as they do food) from grocery stores since diapers do not have an expiration date

  • Cloth is not an option.  Many poor families do not have washing machines and laundromats do not allow cloth diapers to be washed in their facilities, while childcare centers require disposable diapers to be left by parents.