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Diaper bank looks to expand in Lane County

Families can spend between $70 and $80 on disposable diapers per month, per baby, according to the National Diaper Bank Network

Posted: Oct 11, 2019 3:53 PM
Updated: Nov 13, 2019 4:59 AM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- A Springfield-based nonprofit that gives out free diapers to low-income families is looking to expand.

Lane County Diaper Bank co-founder Teresa Baur started running the charity out of her home in June 2019.

Baur said she started the bank after seeing a need on social media and started doing research and found the National Diaper Bank Network, a national nonprofit that helps people in their communities set up a bank.

According to the National Diaper Bank Network, families can spend between $70 and $80 on disposable diapers per month per baby.

"We're here to bridge that gap," Baur said. "State assistance such as (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) can only go so far in helping a family. They shouldn't have to choose to pay a bill or provide diapers for their child."

She said since they opened their doors, they have helped 20 families directly and have received more than 6,400 diaper donations from the community.

Volunteer Sara Cornell said she has bought hundreds of diapers for the nonprofit and has helped deliver them to families. 

"The families, they're grateful," Cornell said. "They are needing that little extra push to get through."

On Oct. 1, The nonprofit also gave 1,000 diapers to Lane County Public Health. Spokesman Jason Davis said they distributed them to clients at Women, Infants & Children (WIC), Maternal Child Health clients, and clinic sites in rural areas. Davis said it was the largest donation they have ever received by a single entity. Baur said the bank will continue to donate to them every month, and they are working with other organizations to set up other distribution sites.  

Baur said they are asking the community to help with storage so they can collect more diapers and expand. She said they are also looking for more volunteers and financial support.

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