For the fourth year in a row, Infant Crisis Services will host a digital diaper drive in conjunction with National Diaper Need Awareness Week, Sept. 24-Sept. 30. Due to the popularity of last year’s drive, this year’s drive will, again, take place online, utilizing an Amazon wish list.
The need for diapers is an ongoing issue in central Oklahoma. More than 25% of Oklahoma families, with children under 3, earn less than 100% of the Federal Poverty Level, which is $25,100 for a family of 4. Infant Crisis Services is the only agency in central Oklahoma that provides diapers to needy babies and toddlers. The organization regularly gives away more than 750,000 diapers every year.
“Programs like SNAP and WIC don’t cover things like diapers or baby wipes,” said Miki Farris, executive director and co-founder of Infant Crisis Services. “As a nonprofit, we rely heavily on the generosity of our community to ensure that we can keep our infants and toddlers clean, dry, and healthy.”
Oklahoma Governor, Mary Fallin, and Oklahoma City Mayor, David Holt, have both signed proclamations’ declaring the week of Sept. 24-Sept. 30 as Diaper Need Awareness Week.
For those interested in participating in Infant Crisis Services digital diaper drive, please visit www.infantcrisis.org or their Facebook and Twitter accounts for links to their Amazon wish list. Donations will still be accepted at their office in northeast Oklahoma City at 4224 N Lincoln Blvd.