In 2018, the Diaper Depot was awarded to Community Action, Inc. Since then Community Action has maintained the program and has become wholly responsible for it.
For all donation information or to sign up for the program please visit – http://www.wefightpoverty.org/i-want-to-donate-money/diapers/
Diaper Drop Off Locations
We are proud that several of our drop off/collection locations have continued their support of this program. You can drop off diapers at:
Brandon Aldridge Insurance Agency – State Farm – 2841 SE Croco Road Suite 500 – Topeka, KS 66605
Kirk and Cobb Realtors – 2810 SW Gage Blvd – Topeka, KS
Community Action Offices – 455 SE Golf Park Blvd., Topeka, KS 66605
Diapers for one infant can cost up to $100 per month for an adequate supply. For some families this can be up to 6% of their monthly income. Many families are forced to choose between food on the table or diapering a child.
Children who are not properly diapered are at risk for infection and other health issues that are caused by spending an extended amount of time in a soiled diaper. Children who are in soiled diapers for extended periods of time are also at a higher risk of child abuse as the child is likely to be irritable, cranky and often sore from diaper rash or other infection. Caregivers are likely to experience lack of sleep, irritability and depression from the inability to provide diapers for the child and dealing with a cranky child.
Many child care facilities require parents to provide disposable diapers and if a parent is unable to provide those diapers care cannot be provided making it difficult for the parent to find employment and forcing them to remain in a continued state of economic instability.
Junior League of Topeka started Diaper Depot in 2012. During the first year, we collected diapers and monetary donations equaling over 50,000 diapers. The Junior League of Topeka started distributing diapers in May 2013.
During the 2015-2016 League year, Diaper Depot distributed 102,600 diapers and helped an estimated 1000 children. We successfully partnered with Community Action to begin distributing diapers to more families in need.
In 2018 when Junior League granted Diaper Depot to Community Action, the League through community action was distributing diapers to 225 individuals on a monthly basis and partnering with Shawnee County Health for a yearly one-time distribution to new moms.
Diaper Need Awareness Week
Every year we celebrate Diaper Need Awareness Week to spread awareness about how families struggle to provide enough diapers for their children. You can support this event by donating at a drive, dropping off diapers to a permanent drop off location, or making a monetary donation through our website.