Diapers are a basic health necessity for babies but are not provided by government assistance programs. Keeping a child in a clean diapers should not depend on how much money you have.
Families with financial struggles and children living in poverty continue to be a growing problem in Michigan and while there are wonderful organizations that feed, clothe, heal and house children, an adequate supply of disposable diapers is an ongoing critical need that is often unrecognized and unmet.
Diaper banks exist throughout the country and successfully serve their local communities but Nestlings is the first diaper bank in West Michigan. Nestlings is a nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the ongoing need for diapers and designed to be a centralized source for collecting, storing, and distributing diapers.
Diaper Drives are a great way to start talking to young children about helping others. Children as young as 2 can grasp the idea of helping others. Giving diapers makes sense to children because they are either in diapers themselves, remember being in diapers, or have younger siblings or cousins in diapers. Children often care for babies in their imaginative play and understand that all babies need diapers.
TIPS AND IDEAS FOR TALKING TO YOUR KIDS ABOUT NEEDS:
Below are some ideas for talking to your children about need and the diaper drive. Many of these can be mixed and matched. You know what will work best for you child.