The mission of the D.I.A.P.E.R. Project of Community Presbyterian Church is to provide diapers and essential items to families with infants and small children so they can keep their children clean, dry, and healthy.
D.I.A.P.E.R. Project === Diapering Infants and Providing Emergency Resources Project
We are a member of the National Diaper Bank Network.
The D.I.A.P.E.R. Project is a nonprofit organization affiliated with Community Presbyterian Church in Charlestown, Indiana. The driving force behind the focus of the D.I.A.P.E.R. Project is that according to statistics from the National Diaper Bank Network, one in every five families suffers from the ability to purchase diapers for their children. Diaper need has become one of the fastest growing health and psychological problems in America. A child who wears a diaper for too long runs a greater rash of developing sever diaper rash or a staph infection Yet many infants go without diapers because the cost can be as much as $1,000.00 per year. Neither food stamps nor WIC provide funds for diapers and bathing supplies, thus leaving families with few options. To compound the situation, babies without diapers are turned away from day care Without child care, a family becomes even more financially stressed, placing them in a vicious cycle of poverty.
Health Department regulations make it impossible for cloth diapers to be washed in any type of public or shared laundry facility. Families who use a public laundry mat, or live in housing where the laundry machines are shared with other families, can not wash cloth diapers. Disposable diapers are their only option.
A child left in a diaper for too long can become cranky and cry. In some cases, a crying child becomes the victim of abuse as parents and care givers become too frustrated and do not know how to calm the baby.
Our mission is to keep our babies clean, dry, and healthy. Once a month, a client can visit the D.I.A.P.E.R. Project to receive diapers wipes, nutritious food, first aid items, and other baby essentials. We look to community resources and volunteers to support our mission. We also depend upon the financial support of caring individuals and corporations to help fund the program. Every donation counts! Whether a company does a diaper dive, collects baby food and other needed items, or makes a monetary donation, all donations are needed and appreciated.