Although still a child himself, Jonah understood the weight of the issue and solicited his father, Roberto Schaechter, for advice. The two set out on a mission with Jonah’s sister, Arielle, to address this need in their own community.
Miami, FL (PRWEB) July 21, 2014
Miami Diaper Bank, a highly needed nonprofit in the city, has recently launched their new website. This organization, which initially started as a 12 year-old’s community service project, seeks to address the needs of poor and low income families in the city by providing clean diapers for babies.
When 12 year-old Jonah Schaechter heard an NPR story regarding the difficulty low-income families have purchasing disposable diapers for their children, he asked his school for permission to set up a diaper drive. Upon successfully attaining a number of diapers, he initiated a drive at his temple as well.
After collecting around 1,000 diapers, Jonah searched for a location where he could donate them. To his surprise, he found that Miami had no diaper bank in operation.
“Although still a child himself, Jonah understood the weight of the issue and solicited his father, Roberto Schaechter, for advice. The two set out on a mission with Jonah’s sister, Arielle, to address this need in their own community,” stated COO Carolina Montalvo.
The U.S. Census Bureau reveals that 44% of children in South Florida belong to low-income or impoverished households. In Miami-Dade County, 29% of those children live in poverty. And when the average monthly cost of diapers is $150 per baby, it can be difficult for these families to keep their children in clean diapers, which poses a number of serious health risks for these babies and their families. The Schaechter family decided not to wait for change, but to make the change themselves by raising awareness and providing a safe way for families to access the diapers they so desperately need.
“Miami Diaper Bank became the first established diaper bank in the city. Because we are a new concept to the community, we need to promote awareness. We believe our new website will allow more families to access clean diapers in our region. The more we put our organization in the limelight, and the easier we make it for residents to donate, the more families we can help,” Montalvo continued.
The nonprofit is looking to gain more exposure through their website; It displays the mission of the organization, facts concerning the health risks of reusing disposable diapers, and their contact information. Their website also links to the nonprofit’s Facebook page, which provides locations where members of the community who are interested in donating supplies can do so.
The Miami Diaper Bank is a nonprofit organization in Miami, Florida, that specializes in collecting diapers and distributing them to families with babies that are in need of financial assistance.
For more information concerning this organization, please contact Carolina Montalvo at 973-951-0923, or carito61889(at)gmail(dot)com.