Sibley Memorial Hospital and DC Diaper Bank recently joined forces to collect and provide diapers to Washington D.C. families in need. In the D.C. area, one in three families struggle to afford diapers, causing significant health issues and even preventing children from attending daycare. Diapers are not covered by food stamps or WIC funds.
“Our initial drive was a huge success and we hope to continue that success throughout the year,” said David Simpkins, vice president of marketing and communications for Johns Hopkins Medicine’s National Capital Region. “The community, as well as our own Sibley Memorial Hospital family, showed their strong support for our diaper initiative by collectively donating 5,540 diapers! And we are continuing to collect donated diapers so we can keep helping our neighbors.”
The diaper alliance kicked off at Sibley’s second annual Family Fun Festival on Saturday, May 20, where families came together for games, health screenings, entertainment and, most importantly, to donate diapers for families in need. This partnership will extend through public service announcements and summits on the critical and often overlooked importance of diapers.
DC Diaper Bank staff are delivering the donated diapers to community members throughout the region who need them the most. “Aside from the diapers themselves, we hope to raise awareness of this great community need,” says Corinne Cannon, founder and director of DC Diaper Bank. “Diapers are an absolute necessity and we’re excited to work together to spread the word about this need and our work.”
The designated diaper drop-off place at Sibley Memorial Hospital will be the Building B welcome desk.
DC Diaper Bank has many ways to get involved to help families in the region, from donating money to hosting drives. Please visit dcdiaperbank.org to learn more.
About Sibley Memorial Hospital:
Sibley Memorial Hospital, a member of Johns Hopkins Medicine, in Northwest Washington, D.C., has a distinguished history of serving the community since its founding in 1890. As a not-for-profit, full-service, 318-bed community hospital, Sibley offers medical, surgical, intensive care, obstetric, oncology, orthopaedic and skilled nursing inpatient services and a state-of-the-art 24-hour Emergency Department. Sibley’s campus, with its new patient tower, is also home to the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center; Grand Oaks, an assisted living residence; and a medical building with physician offices, as well as ambulatory surgery and imaging centers. For more information, visit Sibley.org.