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From Anchor Tony McEwing

The Diaper Shortage Epidemic

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Every now and then a story comes along that makes even a seasoned veteran broadcaster like myself scratch his head and go, "Huh?" This is one of those stories. I not only found it surprising but sad.  I am very passionate when it comes to children, the elderly, the military, those in society who, through no fault of their own, find themselves without a voice, animals, and a few others on my list. So when I heard a recent study about how many mothers in this country cannot afford diapers for their kids, I was deeply moved and disturbed.

Even though I don't have children, I know that diapers can take a huge bite out of a family's budget. But a new study found that nearly one third of mothers can't afford to purchase diapers for their infants and often leave their babies in soiled wraps because they don't have the money to change them. As you can imagine, this creates serious health risks for the child but also for the moms who are extremely stressed over their financial situation.

According to the study, an adequate supply of diapers costs about $18 a week or more. If a single mom is making minimum wage, that could add up to a whopping six percent of her paycheck per child before taxes. And the need for diaper help apparently affects all ethnic and age groups, but especially women who are 45 or older for some reason.

But I have some good news. If you are in this situation or you know someone in this situation or you'd like to assist someone in need, help is available. Locally, there is the L.A. Diaper Drive. You can reach them at diaperdrive.org. If you don't live in Southern California, you can go to the National Diaper Bank Network's website at diaperbanknetwork.org. If you need help, don't be embarrassed to contact these organizations. Because a dirty diaper should never be considered an option.

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