CHANGING DIAPERS.      CHANGING LIVES.

 our team
 Kim Lozada Kyasky, co-founder & executive director

 Kim@MakeAChangeDiaperBank.org


 Mary Ann Malone Schwanewede, co-founder & trustee

 MaryAnn@MakeAChangeDiaperBank.org


"your empathy for other mothers is such a natural instinct and it's such a beautiful thing that we all connect, and we should all help each other"

-- SALMA HAYEK

KIM & MARY AN​N AT THE 2014 DIAPER BANKS IN AMERICA CONFERENCE IN KANSAS CITY

BABY DIAPER FACTS COMPILED BY THE NATIONAL DIAPER BANK NETWORK. rev. date 12/2016

5.3 million children in the US aged 3 or younger live in poor or low-income families.

over 106,825 of NJ's children under the age of 3 live in poor or low-income families.


did you know


01.
1 in 3 families struggle to provide their child with a basic essential - a clean, dry diaper.

 

02. Diapers are expensive. They cost $70 to $80 per month per baby. Babies need an average of 6 to 10 diapers a day.

 

03. SNAP (formerly food stamp program) and WIC (Women Infants and Children) do not cover the cost of diapers.


04. Families with diaper need reported more difficulty with stress management, depression and coping with trauma, which can negatively affect a child's health and development.


05. Babies who suffer from diaper need spend a day or longer in the same diaper leading to increased health risks, including diaper rash. Babies with diaper rash are unhappy babies.


06. Unhappy babies are crying babies. And crying babies are more likely to be abused by already stressed parents.

​our story
A CONVERSATION AMONGST FRIENDS,​ THAT BECAME A VISION, THAT BECAME A REALITY AND A COMMUNITY EFFORT.


It made me feel ashamed': Poor moms' anguish over diaper costs. That was the Today Moms post that started the conversation in the summer of 2013. The article featured the (then) newly published study in Pediatrics journal (July 2013) - Diaper Need and Its Impact on Child Health - stating that 30% of mothers struggle to afford diapers for their children.  It was from that study that Kim Kyasky and Mary Ann Schwanewede learned that diapers cannot be purchased with SNAP or food stamps or WIC. 


The vision began to take shape as they learned how widespread diaper need is and the ripple effect it has, not only on the child, but the parents, and as a result, the community at large. Distraught by the results of the study, Kim and Mary Ann wanted to do more than coordinate a major diaper drive. They wanted to 'make a change' on a bigger scale. And so the Make A Change Diaper Bank was born, evolving from the existing Tony Kyasky Fund.


The Tony Kyasky Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization created in 1998 to provide scholarships to local students in need and has since been providing funds for charities and local causes. In November 2013, the Fund formed Make A Change Diaper Bank to raise awareness and to help alleviate diaper need for families in Northern NJ.  Through amazing partner agencies, free diapers are distributed to the most vulnerable children in the community.


With the generous support of the community, Make A Change has distributed over 50,000 diapers in less than 2 years.


HELP CHILDREN IN NEED. RAISE AWARENESS. MAKE A CHANGE.

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