Struggling Moms Want Diaper Bank In Texoma

Leigh Anne Hope, a social work professor at Midwestern State University said, there's a silent cry going on in Texoma that people don't know about.

She said, many moms like Patricia Pierce and Laura Holliday are struggling or have struggled to buy their kids a basic necessity, diapers.

"I have donated plasma before. I have worked extra jobs, side jobs. You know, I tried to babysit," said Pierce.

And Holliday said, "It was something that I thought about on a daily basis. It was either groceries or diapers or do I pay the electric bill."

An adequate supply of diapers can cost over $100 a month. Hope said, she worked at an adoption agency a year ago and she spoke with mothers who admitted using trash bags as diapers because they couldn't afford them.

"They would barely look up and say they have let wet diapers dry and then when they're dry they'll re-use them. Also, if there's an off-brand and it makes their baby break out they'll go ahead and use the off brand even though they may break out," said the social worker.

Cloth diapers may be the obvious option for many but the reality is, most people living in poverty don't have a washer or dryer. Most coin-operated laundromats don't allow customers to wash diaper cloths and the majority of day cares don't accept them.

"That hit me as I learned that diapers are not covered by WIC or food stamps and it can costs between eight and 10 dollars for one package and one package may get you through the weekend," said Hope.

That's why hope and other MSU students are working on several events to collect diapers until October 1st. Then they will drop them off at Texoma organizations that cater to women and children.

"We hope to eventually have a more permanent diaper bank so that folks in desperate situations can come get diapers," said Hope.

On September 21st, Hope and some of her students will host a garage sale where you can pay with diapers or money that will be used to buy them. It will be from 7a.m. to 3p.m. at University Methodist Church in Wichita Falls.

Tanya De Jesus, Newschannel 6