NEWARK, New Jersey (WABC) -- One of the expenses that really affects parents is the cost of diapers and one in two families struggle to provide enough diapers for their baby.
Even more parents, three out of five, miss work or school because they cannot afford diapers. Those statistics were provided by the National Diaper Network.
The cost, as you might expect, is going up year by year.
"The average cost of diapers is about $100 a month," said Moms Helping Moms co-founder Megan Deaton. "For a family who is already stretching resources that money can go towards food, it can go towards rent, it can go towards electricity."
The nonprofit Moms Helping Moms is doing their part to relieve some of the pressure with a diaper giveaway in Newark and Jersey City this week.
The organization is giving out thousands of diapers to pre-registered families in need.
Bridget Cutler and Megan Deaton founded Moms Helping Moms, and has been supplying diapers and baby essentials to families in New Jersey since 2011.
Now, diaper drives and corporate donations have made them the go-to for 95 social service organizations that sign up families for diaper distributions.
Last year, the organization distributed 834,538 diapers, representing a 52% increase over 2021.
"We're proud of the work we've done," said Bridget Cutler, co-founder of Moms Helping Moms. "But there is much more to do. It's important to raise awareness of this issue so that more people will commit to a solution. No child in New Jersey should ever become sick because their adults could not afford to change them."
To learn more or to donate, visit: momshelpingmoms.org.
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