If you've ever been a parent, you know how many diapers a newborn goes through in a day. You probably also know the financial toll diapers can take on your wallet. According to babylist.com, you can expect to go through about 700 diapers in your child's first year of life. Even for individuals with steady jobs and a secure housing arrangement, the cost of a child can be overwhelming.
For those mothers and parents without secure housing and employment, the prospect of raising a child is even more daunting. To help alleviate at least a small portion of that concern, the HomeAid Utah Diaper Drive is collecting diapers and donations for underserved mothers in the state.
The HomeAid Diaper Drive
HomeAid Utah has several ways you can donate supplies or money to the cause.
Drop off at any Woodside Homes community office
Woodside Homes is partnering with Homeaid for the third year to help local communities. You can drop off supplies and diapers at any Woodside Homes community office in Utah. For a list of those locations, visit their website.
"Together, we can accomplish so much to help those who are hurting and are in need right now," said Claire Larson, sales and marketing director at Woodside Homes. "The diaper drive starts at the foundation of building communities by providing an essential need for our infants and toddlers."
Purchase items online
If you'd rather stay home but still wish to donate, you can buy needed items directly from the HomeAid website.
Text your donation
No need to get up and find your wallet in the other room—you can text your donation from the phone you've got in your hand. Just text HOMEAIDUT to 91999 and follow the prompts you'll receive.
Bring donations to Rio Tinto Stadium
On August 20th, you can bring your donations to Rio Tinto Stadium anytime between 8am and 1pm. Lunch will be provided. You can find more details on the HomeAid website.
Homeaid works with Utah Diaper Bank, Rescue Mission of Salt Lake, The INN Between, The Road Home and Family Promise, among others. Their website allows you to choose requested items like formula, copy paper, pull-ups, baby shampoo, towels, jeans and face masks to order and ship directly from Amazon.
"Woodside Homes is more than just a homebuilder," said Larson. "Woodside Homes has a bigger picture in mind, and that is building communities. Partnering with Homeaid and the builders who support the Diaper drive is a perfect example of building communities by working together to provide to those who are in need at this time."
Contact local resource providers
If you want to learn more about specific needs in your community, try contacting a homeless service provider or counseling agency in your area. Find out what kinds of supplies local resource centers are short on and see how you can fill those needs or hold your own donation drive.
To learn more about Woodside Homes and how you can join their efforts to strengthen Utah communities, go to their website.