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Louisville diaper bank wraps up month of giving, but they’re not done

There are roughly 6,000 babies or small children in need of diapers across Louisville and surrounding counties.
Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 1:52 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - A group of all volunteers at the St. Bernadette Diaper Bank spent hours Friday wrapping up thousands of diapers, bagging them, and preparing to send them where they’re most needed.

The National Diaper Bank recommends providing up to 50 diapers per child in need per month, but for many diaper banks across the country, they’re only able to give out about 15 to 20.

Deanna Hornback founded the the St. Bernadette Diaper Bank nearly a decade ago. She said there are roughly 6,000 babies or small children in need of diapers across Louisville and surrounding counties. That’s more than they can currently assist, but their goal remains 50 diapers per day to those 6,000 children.

Typically, the diaper bank collaborates with 13 organizations to help supply diapers to families in need. Diaper drives organized by small groups, businesses, and sports teams account for the majority of them.

Larger size diapers are more difficult to come by during these drives, but Hornback said she’ll accept any help she can get.

“Anybody that will listen and we can convince to do a diaper drive, we try,” Hornback said. “We do get a lot of success with diaper drives, especially schools. They’re very large diaper rives, but you get a lot of ones, twos and threes, which we’re very grateful for, but we have to ask for monetary (donations) so we can get the bigger sizes.”

During Give a Day Month, Hornback said she received a lot of help from Mayor Greg Fischer’s office and volunteers around the city, but they need donations all year. To help, visit their Facebook page or call them at (502) 425-2210 ext. 214.

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