Diaper drive collects 5,500 donations

Sibley Memorial Hospital and the DC Diaper Bank launched the diaper drive during Sibley's Family Fun Festival on May 20. (photo by Anthony Washington)

A diaper drive organized by Sibley Memorial Hospital and DC Diaper Bank collected more than 5,500 donations for local residents in need, Sibley announced last month.

The event began at Sibley’s Family Fun Festival on May 20, and the diapers came both from community attendees and hospital staff. Following the collection, the diaper bank is delivering the donations to local families. According to a news release, one in three families in the D.C. area struggles to afford diapers, which are not covered by government assistance programs.

“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, which includes Sibley.

Sibley and DC Diaper Bank are continuing to collect diapers and plan to extend their partnership through public service announcements and summits on the often-overlooked importance of diapers.