First 5 San Bernardino, in partnership with First 5 California, facilitated the donation of nearly $ 1 million in COVID emergency supplies for families in San Bernardino County, including more recently providing nearly 300,000 diapers and over 700,000 baby wipes to area child care providers. in San Bernardino County.
A van of these items was delivered to The Right Track Preschool in San Bernardino on September 29, by staff from First 5 San Bernardino during National Diaper Awareness Week which is held the last week of September and attracts the attention to the problem of the need for diapers in the United States
âWe are promoting National Diaper Awareness Week because one in three American families suffers from a diaper shortage,â said Karen E. Scott, Executive Director of First 5 San Bernardino. “Children need to have access to clean diapers and other basic necessities so that they can thrive and reach their full potential,” Scott said. Delays in diaper change often lead to rashes and can also lead to unnecessary health problems.
On average, infants or toddlers need a range of six to 12 diaper changes per day for at least three years, which, at an average cost of 0.30 cents per diaper, can easily approach 4 $ 000 per child when they are out of diapers. .
âThe kids didn’t choose to be in the situation they find themselves in,â said Cynthia Vitto, owner and director of The Right Track Preschool. âWe know parents are doing their best, but many struggle. By default, children suffer the consequences, âsaid Vitto. “But it’s always good to bless a child.”
Domestic companies have announced significant price hikes on baby products starting this month, further compounding the problem.
According to the San Bernardino County Community Indicators 2020 report, there are 28,857 live births per year in San Bernardino County and 177,463 children aged 0 to 5, according to the US Census Bureau.
Families in need can call 211 or go online at www.211.org to ask for help.