SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News)- It’s National Diaper Need Awareness week, and CNY Diaper Bank is urging all businesses and individuals to donate to the cause. Founder, Mikela Hugo, a mother of three, said she was moved by the desperate need for diapers by low income families, and the absence of resources.
“We distribute about 80,000 diapers a month. Our goal is 100,000. We know we are only scratching the surface, but we can’t do it alone,” said Hugo.
Over 16,000 children under the age of four, in Central New York, are receiving SNAP benefits or some form of government assistance, and Hugo and her staff of volunteers have dedicated countless hours to assure that most of those families’ basic needs are met.
“It’s stressful for a mother when she doesn’t have enough diapers. The baby is crying all the time, because they’re wet, and it impacts how she bonds with her child. We just want mothers to feel empowered and live a better life.”
Saturday, CNY Diaper Bank is partnering with SU Athletics to spread the word at the SU/Holy Cross football game. Hugo believes that SU’s likability along with the nature of their movement makes it an ideal partnership.
Diaper sizes five and six are the most sought after and are of dire need.
To make a monetary donation or to become a volunteer log on to cnydiaperbank.org.