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No diaper safety net for jobless moms with babies

What happens when you have baby, you’re laid off and no government assistance pays for diapers?

That’s why 19 children’s charities showed up today to receive 100,000 diapers from the Junior League of Boca Raton Diaper Bank.

Six volunteers including past president Andrea Garcia loaded cartons of diapers for distribution into minivans and even a school bus at Mission Bay Self-Storage in west Boca. Donations went to Place of Hope, Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies, Boca’s two Florence Fuller Child Development Centers and the Caridad and Milagro centers, among others.

As the largest diaper provider in Palm Beach and Broward counties, the League was already getting more demand as workers were fired or furloughed, said Ashley Craig, Diaper Bank chair. “They can’t use food stamps,” to pay for them, she said.

Typically, the League distributes 200,000 diapers to 22 children’s charities every other month. Now, that’s not nearly enough, Craig said.

This is the 10th year they’ve stockpiled discounted diapers in bulk, paid for by the League’s own diaper drives and the community’s cash and diaper donations:https://www.jlbr.org/impact/diaper-bank/ Neighbors who want to have their own diaper drive can emaildiaperbank@jlbr.org

“Right now, we’re in a time of crisis. People are out of work and there’s zero safety net,” Craig said. “We need diapers and funds to purchase more. We’re looking into doing this monthly and waiting to see what happens.”

By Marci Shatzman

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