During the month of October, Basic Necessities will host a Pre-Holiday Diaper Drive to benefit families throughout the ArkLaTex.
This diaper drive is made possible through a generous sponsorship from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
Request a *BIG RED DONATION BOX* for your business, school, civic/social club, restaurant, or place of worship by calling 318-751-0851, or email us at BasicNecessitiesLA@gmail.com.
We are happy to deliver a collection box to you, and pick up the donated supplies after the drive!
As a COVID precaution, donations are also accepted online.
You can donate online in three simple steps:
Select & purchase items.
Everything ships directly to Basic Necessities - contact-free!
Donors are also welcome to make cash donations during the Diaper Drive at https://www.basicnecessitiesla.com/donate.
All donations are 100% tax-deductible.
Basic Necessities works year-round to provide these sanitary supplies to people in the ArkLaTex who cannot afford them.
This helps alleviate poverty, and prevents unsanitary living conditions, unnecessary illness, & expensive medical bills.
“Many of our neighbors need basic sanitary items like diapers and period supplies to ensure the health and safety of their families,” says Debbie Hollis, Co-Director at Basic Necessities. “These important supplies are an often-overlooked need for people who are struggling financially during the holidays. We are honored to partner with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana to help collect & distribute these items during this special time of year.”
Basic Necessities is the only designated diaper, period products & incontinence supply bank in North Louisiana and the ArkLaTex. They provide these items free of charge to people who live in the ArkLaTex, and receive SNAP, WIC, Medicaid/Medicare, unemployment income, and/or have an emergency situation.
Public assistance programs do not cover the cost of diapers and period products unless they are part of a doctor-prescribed medical treatment program.
"The ArkLaTex has an above-average poverty rate of ~25% according to the US Census, and a 50%+ ALICE - or 'working poor' - rate according to the United Way," says Hollis. "To make matters worse, the COVID pandemic has led to prolonged high unemployment rates, and Hurricane Ida has displaced many needy families to our region."
The holiday season is especially challenging for families with limited resources.
Food, clothing and shelter are expenses that cannot be ignored.
This year, Basic Necessities invites you to do some holiday shopping for your neighbors.
Working together, we can help alleviate the burdens of diaper need and period poverty right here at home!