Diaper Need is Acute, and You Can Help!



The Summit Area YMCA (The SAY) is recognizing National Diaper Need Awareness Week by sponsoring a diaper drive, beginning September 21. Anyone in the Summit area and nearby communities can make a difference for a neighbor in need. Just drop off packages of diapers (sizes 4-6) and baby wipes at the donation bin in the lobby of the Summit YMCA any time this week. All donations will then be distributed to eligible families by the Area Baby Center of Summit.

“Many people don’t realize that the expense of diapers is a real burden for some families in our area,” said Denise D’Alberti, president of the Area Baby Center board. “Our clients are so grateful for the help that our supporters make possible.”

Diapers are not covered by food stamps and many other forms of government support for families, Ms. D’Alberti pointed out. The average cost of diapers and baby supplies can add up to $50 a month for a family. The Area Baby Center works to reduce this expense by providing a supply of diapers and wipes to their client families, every two weeks.

Patty Facchinei, Volunteer Coordinator at The SAY, offered to host the diaper drive at the Summit facility. “We’ve long been a supporter—and fan—of the Area Baby Center,” she said. “Their work is consistent with our goals of community bridge-building and creating opportunities for people in our communities to reach, grow and thrive.” Given the many people who stop into the SAY over a week, the hope is that many will bring some baby supplies to help out.

Ms. D’Alberti noted that sizes 4, 5 and 6 diapers are particularly needed. “Our client families are typically referred to us when the baby is at least a few months old, so we rarely need newborn sizes. Since we distribute diapers during the first two to two-and-a-half years of a baby’s life, we have lots of client families needing the larger sizes,” she said.

The diaper drive will run from September 21-30. Stop by the donation bin to learn more about diaper needs across the U.S. Individuals can also choose to donate diapers online via the online diaper drive. Click on the buttons to donate!

About the Summit Area YMCA 

The Summit Area YMCA is one of the area’s leading 501(c)3 charitable organizations. Founded in 1886, the Summit Area YMCA has a history steeped in working side-by-side with our neighbors to ensure that everyone, regardless of age, income and background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. Each year, we serve more than 10,000 individuals with our free and fee-based programs and services in an area spanning the communities of Berkeley Heights, New Providence, Millburn, Springfield, Short Hills, Summit, Gillette, and Stirling. Through the generosity of our members, donors, and partners, we are able to offer financial assistance for our programs and services to those with demonstrated need.



About the Area Baby Center

The Area Baby Center was founded in 1999 to provide basic necessities such as diapers, wipes and toiletries to disadvantaged families in our town and nearby communities. The Area Baby Center is a 501(c)(3) charity, managed by an all-volunteer board and funded by donations, local grants, and diaper drives sponsored by local students, clubs and organizations.

Karen Kaplan 
The Area Baby Center