Local twins receive donated diapers from Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition.
Community assistance is requested to meet diaper needs in the Keys
In honor of Diaper Need Awareness Week, the Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition is hosting a community diaper drive to collect 12,000 or more diapers (enough for about 6 weeks of distribution). These diapers will help local working families who struggle to make ends meet and often must choose between paying utility bills or purchasing diapers.
The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition (FKHSC) supplied struggling families with 100,000 diapers and 80,000 wipes in the past year. After Hurricane Irma, diaper need became an important issue for families affected by the storm. With the help of the Miami Diaper Bank, FKHSC provided about 50,000 diapers to families in need. During the height of COVID, those numbers doubled. With 1 of 3 families lacking enough diapers to keep their baby clean, dry and healthy, FKHSC projects that over the next year they will receive requests for assistance totaling over 180,000 diapers.
Parents need diapers to send their children to daycare and need childcare to work. While FKHSC doesn’t provide all the diapers that a family needs each month, diaper assistance can mean the difference between a parent being able to earn money at work or missing days on the job. Without diapers, parents can’t go to work.
To support this effort, donate directly to this cause, or to find out more about FKHSC, you can visit www.KeysHealthyStart.org. A $50 donation will provide a local family with two weeks of diapers and wipes. If you have diapers, wipes, or other baby essentials that you would like to donate, call 305-293-8424.
About the FKHSC :
The Florida Keys Healthy Start Coalition unites people and resources to improve the health and well-being of pregnant women, children, and their families in Monroe County.[livemarket market_name="KONK Life LiveMarket" limit=3 category=“” show_signup=0 show_more=0]