By: Sarah Meikle/
When I first started working as a Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start I learned that support agencies like WIC and Food stamps didn’t help cover the cost of diapers. This broke my heart! As a mother of two young children I knew just how expensive diapers could be and how quickly the cost could add up.
Every year over 500 babies in Lenawee County are born into families living below the poverty level. Life can be full of surprises and hardships, sometimes those effected most are the little ones. Too often parents have to decide whether to feed their family or buy diapers. A family never should have to decide that.
Why not use cloth diapers? I asked this question myself. I quickly found out just how expensive cloth diapers can be, too. But, most importantly, many childcare facilities require disposable diapers due to sanitary reasons. To add to the problem most laundromats prohibit washing cloth diapers in their machines. So what is a parent to do? Steal, prolong the length of time their baby sits in a dirty diaper, decide whether to feed their family or buy diapers? The issue and need is much larger than I could have ever imagined. Studies have shown that babies who are left in a dirty diaper for too long can suffer from diaper rash, staph infections, urinary tract infections and in some severe cases kidney damage. This also can lead to prolonged crying and poor sleep. Besides the physical aspect this issue can hinder a child’s development. It also affects the parents, possibly causing depression because they can’t adequately take care of their child which in turn may interfere with maternal bonding and may lead to child abuse and neglect.
The notion of something so simple like diapers and the lack thereof could have such a negative impact is devastating. So after knowing these facts you may be asking the same thing I did. How can I help?
You can help by donating to The Lenawee Great Start Diaper Drive or simply help spread the word about the need and the importance of making sure our most precious residents have the basic needs to help them through the most crucial early years of their development.
Lenawee Great Start Diaper Drive runs from May 1st – May 31st. You can drop off diaper donations at any of these locations.
Tecumseh City Hall—Police Station, Lenawee United Way, Great Start Office @ LISD Porter Center, The Centre, All Old National Bank Locations in Lenawee County, All First Federal Bank Locations in Lenawee County, Planet Fitness, All TLC Community Credit Union Locations in Lenawee County, and Joe Ann Steele Insurance Center.
Together we can help make a change!
Sarah Meikle is a new Parent Liaison for Lenawee Great Start. She was raised in Adrian where she attended Madison Schools. She now resides in Tecumseh with her husband Andrew and two children, Camden and Kaylee.