INDIAN ORCHARD, Mass. (WWLP) – While food banks have long helped families in need, a new donation center of a very different sort will provide parents here in western Massachusetts with an expensive necessity: diapers. The Journal of Pediatrics recently reported that three out of ten families can’t afford to buy enough diapers. With that need in mind, western Massachusetts’ first “diaper bank” opened Thursday morning in Springfield’s Indian Orchard neighborhood.
Krista Jones of Indian Orchard told 22News that she was thrilled to hear that the diaper bank would be opening near her home. The mother of one, who is expecting her second child, said that she hopes to take advantage of the resources the bank will provide. She said that diapers can cost about $25 per package, and any assistance with that expense would be helpful.
“It could really help me very much. I can’t afford diapers on my own, so it will help me,” Jones said.
Some 4,000 diapers donated by Boston Medical Center have been delivered to the bank, located at the Community Survival Center on Main Street.
Taj-Kamau Robinson is a member of the Springfield Diaper Task Force. He knows from experience how quickly packs of diapers can go.
“My daughter would go through 10-12 diapers in one day, so when it comes to the whole week, the cost would be right up there,” Robinson said.
The task force intends to come up with a plan for distributing the diapers to needy families. Their immediate problem is replenishing the diapers that are expected to go fast. They’ve asked everyone who can donate diapers to bring them to the diaper bank at the Community survival center, 240 Main Street in Indian Orchard