Muncie, IN— Currently 33% to 50% of all diaper-aged children in Delaware County are in need of diapers, based on research from Delaware County BY5 Early Childhood Initiative, Inc. To help address this need, BY5 has partnered with Toyota of Muncie to host a week-long community diaper drive June 17–21.
This diaper drive is a just small portion of BY5’s efforts to alleviate the county’s need for diapers. In early 2018, the non-profit formed a Diaper Bank Task Force to increase the amount of free diapers available to families in Delaware County through a system of diaper banks. Diaper banks in Delaware County distributed nearly 14,000 diapers to families in need from 2017–2018, but the Task Force hopes to triple that number in the near future.
“Diaper need negatively impacts families and their children financially, socially, and educationally,” said Missy Modesitt, executive director of BY5. “We have been fortunate to receive an outpouring of support from partner organizations like Toyota of Muncie, and we hope to see notable participation from the community.”
Throughout the week, community members are encouraged to drop off unopened diapers, wipes and ointment cream at Toyota of Muncie during regular business hours June 17–21. While diapers of all sizes are appreciated, BY5 has noted there is a particular need for sizes 3 and larger.
In addition to collecting diapers throughout the week, Toyota of Muncie will host representatives from Open Door Health Services on Friday, June 21 for free car seat checks.
Toyota of Muncie is located at 3311 N. Nebo Rd.
BY5 is the leading organization in Muncie and Delaware County for promoting early childhood awareness. The organization strives to improve the opportunities available to children up to age 5. As a result of task force and volunteer opportunities, BY5 has been able to implement several strategies to aid children in reaching their developmental potential. To learn more, visit muncieby5.org.