MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — One of the biggest expenses for new parents is diapers, but a local non-profit agency is helping families with that expense. The newest class at the Junior League of Mobile has started a diaper bank. They will donate a week’s worth of diapers to families who apply through partner agencies in our community. Many Junior League members have even held diaper showers to collect diapers of all sizes.
Brynne Mixon is in charge of the Diaper Project, as one of the leaders of the Junior League’s Provisional class. She says the project is personal to her.
“I was 18 when I had my son. I was single. I remember how hard it was. I know what that feels like. I know there are thousands of struggling parents out there right now,” Mixon said.
The Junior League chose the Diaper Project because diapers aren’t covered by Medicaid or food stamps. Diapers can cost a parent anywhere between $50-$80 per month. Sarah Bumgarner says many people don’t realize that not having diapers can have a major domino effect.
“All daycares you have to have diapers for your children. You can’t take your child to daycare if you don’t have diapers. Then, if you can’t take your child to daycare, then you can’t go to work,” Bumgarner said.
The Junior League of Mobile does not directly distribute diapers to families. Members bring the diapers in brown bags to partner agencies, who then give to families.