CNY Diaper Bank needs help in raising 10K by the end of May

LIVERPOOL, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Moms in Central New York continue to struggle without the basic needs of everyday life, including diapers. But the Central New York Diaper Bank is working to change that, with help from the community.

Diapers continue to be a growing need in Central New York.

“There’s help for food, there’s help for other items but there’s no help for diapers and if you have a baby in diapers, they’re going through six to ten diapers every single day,” said Michela Hugo, founder of the Central New York Diaper Bank.

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And with high costs for just about everything, struggling parents are now forced to choose between feeding their family or buying diapers.

“When we give them diapers, it just takes the pressure off, it really makes a difference,” said Hugo.

But to make that difference, the CNY Diaper Bank needs your help. From now until the end of May, the local non-profit is working to raise $10,000 in matching funds for its 9th annual “Make a Mother’s Day” diaper drive. This gives the organization the chance to keep up with demand and buy a lot more diapers.

“We distribute 170,000 diapers every month to more than 3,500 babies. So the demand is extremely high, and there are so many families that we are not even reaching, but just to keep this going, it requires a tremendous amount of resources and we just always call on the community and the community members always respond,” said Hugo.

Since 2016, the non-profit has distributed 10 million diapers to low-income families. In 2023 alone, the organization says it distributed close to 1.9 million diapers.

“We want people to know that it’s really easy to make an impact and to make a difference by giving to the Diaper Bank especially when we have a matching donation. We can buy twice as many diapers, as you could buy in a store,” said Hugo.

So far, the CNY Diaper Bank has raised about $6,000. The non-profit must reach $10,000 by the end of the month to receive a matching donation.

Monetary donations can be made online. Checks can also be mailed to: CNY Diaper Bank, P.O. Box 367 Manlius, NY 13104.

Click here for more details and to donate.

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