BALTIMORE (WJZ)—A Baltimore organization is helping to bridge the diaper divide by providing supplies and equipment to mothers in need.
Inside a warehouse off of Chestnut Ave. they’re moms on a mission.
“Warm clothes, pajamas, coats, carriers strollers, all of those other essential items that most of us take for granted and are able to provide for our kids,’ said Amina Ross, executive director with ShareBaby, Inc.
The organization started by a group of young mothers.
“We started by collecting outgrown and un-used items from our friends in our basements, and it grew and grew and in two short years, here we are in our warehouse,” said Kristin Finklesteinm, co-founder of ShareBaby.
The Baltimore City space filled with baby supplies.
Volunteers collect and inventory the donations and have them ready to go.
“Organizations like Family Tree, House of Ruth, Dayspring, Turnaround. We are able to say, ‘Do what you do best and we can be your support,’” Ross said.
Low-income families spend as much as 14-percent of their income on diapers, that’s about a thousand dollars per child, each year.
“Generally speaking, the gap between what they can afford and what their kids need is 50 diapers,” said Ross
“We are giving about 14,000 diapers this month which is many, many packs,” said Eliseba Osore, program director with ShareBaby.
ShareBaby is growing so quickly, they’re having a hard time keeping up and with a staggering 1 in 3 American family needing diapers.
“It’s about forming a community and being there for each other and really helping one another through the hardest parts of our lives, is being a mother,” Finklesteinm said.
ShareBaby is in need of diapers sizes 4, 5, and 6 and of course, volunteers!
The organization is having their second annual diapers and donuts event this weekend.
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