DENVER – April 6, 2020 – COVID-19 has prompted panic buying of essential baby products like formula, wipes, and diapers. HomeAid Colorado, the Colorado chapter of HomeAid America, kickstarted its “Builders for Babies Diaper Drive” this past Friday, April 3rd, when the collection is usually from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day.
Cindy Bell, executive director of HomeAid Colorado, says the early kick-off date should better prepare the organization to serve its constituents despite the diaper shortage. “As COVID-19 continues to spread, people understandably are buying essential goods like diapers faster than retailers can supply them. Unfortunately, limited to access essential supplies will fall on the shoulders of families who already struggle to afford these products, which is why HomeAid Colorado is kicking off the annual Builder for Babies Diaper Drive now.”
A local diaper bank normally distributes 15,000 diapers over a six-week period. Due to the shortage and increased demand, many diaper banks have gone through 15,000 diapers in just two weeks.
To prevent contributing to the ongoing diaper shortage at retailers, HomeAid Colorado partnered with ABBY&FINN, a Colorado company that produces, sells, and delivers diapers through an online subscription service. ABBY&FINN has agreed to donate 100,000 diapers if 1 million diapers are purchased through the HomeAid customized landing page. Donors can pick among package options including a case (150 diapers), ¼ pallet (2,625), ½ pallet (5,250), and a full pallet (10,500). Five local diaper banks will then pick up the diapers from ABBY&FINN’s distribution center in Aurora, CO, who will work with their service providers to deliver diapers to families in need across the state.
Donors can access and contribute through the customized landing page, linked here. Additionally, HomeAid Colorado has tentatively scheduled a drive-through, drop-off event for diapers, wipes, and formula at Empower Field at Mile High on June 26th, 2020 from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST.