St. Joseph Academy’s recent service project collected more than 20,000 diapers for the Junior League of Baton Rouge’s Diaper Bank.

The project was the most successful diaper drive in the Baton Rouge community to date, according to a news release.

“We are overwhelmed with how generous and supportive St. Joseph Academy has been over the last two weeks during their diaper drive,” said Tokesha Collins, chairman of the Diaper Bank. “Our committee has had to make several trips to SJA because their hallways have been filled with diapers and we cannot express how much this generosity will impact people right here in Baton Rouge.”

The school’s charism theme this year is “Relationships: Sacred Threads That Connect,” according to Sister Chris Pologa. “By helping others, we connect on a meaningful level with those around us. We were happy to add the Diaper Bank to the many organizations that we serve each year,” she said.

Statistics from the National Diaper Bank Network suggest one in three families struggle to afford diapers for their children. Locally, the Junior League of Baton Rouge’s Diaper Bank collects and distributes diapers to local nonprofit organizations that support needy families. This year, nearly 200,000 diapers will be distributed to Baton Rouge families.

"Fresh diapers are important for a child's hygiene, health and comfort and those whose diapers are not regularly changed have an increased chance of diaper rash, viral illnesses like hepatitis A and urinary tract infections," said Dr. Susan Bankston, a Baton Rouge Clinic pediatrician.

To support the Diaper Bank, the public can donate at permanent barrel sites, host a diaper drive or send diaper donations through Amazon or donate online. Visit DiaperBankBR.org for details.