Esperanza’s Cotton Bottom Baby Diaper Bank Program
Esperanza Community Center’s diaper program is made possible through our partnership with the Cotton Bottom Baby Diaper Bank, a program founded in 2019 to meet the needs of low-income families in South Florida. Registered families receive free diapers, wipes and potting training kits – none of which are covered by WIC or Food Stamps. Babies require between 6 and 12 diapers per day which can cost over $100 per month per child.
Seventy-five mothers and fathers and their babies are registered in our program which has become very popular. The parents love our program because it not only provides basic necessities. Esperenza Center requires parents to participate in workshops or give back time through volunteer hours helping to manage the program. Our workshops include: COVID-19 health education and prevention recommendations; food and nutrition; emotional well-being; growth and development; parenting; as well as personal growth and awareness.
Our participants love that the baby diaper program brings together their families and enables them to receive support from each other and the Esperanza staff. The program’s workshops have created discussions of complex situations affecting the lives of the parents and their families. Our parents recognize that we can all give something to benefit others and have started to donate baby strollers, car seats, toys and baby clothes as well as parenting tips to each other. Some have offered to teach their fellow parents classes in knitting and cooking, amongst other skills.
Esperanza is very thankful to the Cotton Bottom Baby Diaper Bank for the greatly needed supplies as well as the bonus of opening up our families to each other.
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