Fans attending the University of New Mexico Lobo men’s basketball game Saturday, Jan. 7, are encouraged to bring and donate unopened packages of diapers.

The diaper drive benefits patients and families receiving care at UNM Children’s Hospital.

The diaper drive comes at an especially dire time.

The “tripledemic” of surging RSV, COVID and flu cases has created a situation where patient volumes at UNM Children’s Hospital remain high and youngsters are coming in with severe symptoms.

In an unprecedented situation, about 80 percent of the children in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit are sedated and intubated, many of them using machines that breathe for them

In response to the surge and high acuity in patients, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently deployed a federal team of caregivers to provide high-level care for New Mexico’s youngest and sickest residents.

With these pediatric patients in the hospital for weeks or months at a time, their families take on additional stressors, including financial challenges. Donations to the diaper fund help supply diapers for children whose families may not be able to afford them.

The UNLV vs. UNM game is at 7:30 p.m. and attendees can bring diapers or cash donations. 

People who can’t come to the game can still contribute online to the UNM Children’s Hospital Diaper Fund.

As a thank you, the first 100 people to donate in person or online will receive a UNM Health water bottle while helping New Mexican families in need.