If you’ve never had to worry about providing diapers for your baby, the idea of not having them might seem foreign. But for many families in the Toronto area who simply can’t afford diapers, this is a distressing and daily reality. For families like these, Toronto is fortunate to have The Diaper Bank.
The Diaper Bank is a not for profit charitable organization that collects loose, open, new packages of diapers and distributes them to those living in poverty. The Diaper Bank also can accept cash donations in exchange for a tax receipt.
The Diaper Bank of Toronto helps fill a critical and otherwise unmet requirement for diapers among the most vulnerable in our community. The Diaper Bank believes that clean diapers are a basic need for babies and their caregivers. Yet, 1 in 4 children in Toronto live in poverty and these families are at risk of or have experienced diaper need.
How you can help:
If you’d like to help The Diaper Bank work to provide new, clean diapers for babies living in poverty, there are several ways in which you can do so. Below are the top suggestions, directly from The Diaper Bank:
- Collect diapers in your community / host a diaper drive or see if a local mom’s group, daycare, school, office is willing to host
- Locate a drop off location near you (or contact The Diaper Bank for a pick up)
- Put up posters, postcards etc … in your neighbourhood
For more information and resources, please visit The Diaper Bank website at: www.thediaperbank.ca
About The Diaper Bank:
(Submitted by Dale McIntosh, Diaper Bank co-founder):
“In 2010, shortly after the first diaper drive was completed, we came together to help meet a growing need in Toronto. As mums, we know first hand the joys and challenges of raising children today. We know that being a parent is one of the toughest jobs out there. Imagine doing it without the ability to provide for a child’s basic needs.
While diaper banks exist in other cities, there is a gap in providing this service in our own community. As a result, the Diaper Bank of Toronto was established in 2010, and in 2013, it became a registered charity.
I am a freelance Event Producer working with both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. I have a long history of philanthropic involvement with establishments such as Camp Oochigeas, Kids Up Front and Havergal College.
Savannah Lockie is a stay-at-home mum who has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 10 years with the United Nations Association in Canada and the United Way in Ottawa and in Toronto. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the St. Alban’s Boys’ and Girls’ Club and organizes her local mum’s group.”