Diapers in high demand during coronavirus pandemic

The Central Florida Diaper Bank says the need for diapers is going up due to high demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Central Florida Diaper Bank says the need for diapers is going up due to high demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

Sharon Lyles started the organization 25 years ago because, when she was a young mother, she knew what it was like to struggle to buy that basic need.

But since the coronavirus pandemic hit Central Florida, Lyles said calls have been increasing by about 25% while donations are on the decline.

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“We just had a major diaper drive done by one our partners prior to the pandemic,” Lyles said. “But since it started, we haven’t seen as many donations, which has caused us to be a little concerned because we want to be sure we can help the families in the Central Florida community.”

Diaper bank advocates say people can also help with cash donations. Tthe average diaper costs about 27 cents, so even small donations can provide relief.

The Central Florida Diaper Bank says it also needs other essential items such as wipes, oils and lotions.