diaper need awareness weekSeptember 25 to October 1, 2017

Hurricane Relief Update

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In response to the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes, the National Diaper Bank Network has been coordinating targeted relief efforts to get supplies to families and babies in need. In addition to the ongoing recovery efforts in Houston and Florida, NDBN is actively working on getting supplies to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Caribbean

NDBN has been asked to help fill two cargo planes destined for Puerto Rico.  In addition, we are being given space on shipping containers that will be put on boats out of Florida and directed to families in Puerto Rico, Tortola, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Martin, and St. Thomas.

While there are no active NDBN member diaper banks in these locations, we are partnering with several organizations including the National Association of Christian Churches (NACC) and Operation Compassion to get supplies to areas that were devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

A new fundraising campaign launched in partnership with Baby+Co is aimed at helping families impacted by hurricanes. Baby+Co is providing a dollar for dollar match, up to $25K, to the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN). You can donate here.

Florida

NDBN prepared and staged relief help before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida.

We worked with our local member diaper banks to distribute supplies to families hit hardest by the storm.  We deployed diapers across the state to NDBN member diaper banks, including Baby Basics of Collier County (Naples), BabyCycle (St. Petersburg), Junior League of Boca Raton, and Treasure Coast Food Bank (Fort Pierce).

The diaper banks distributed supplies to those families, hit especially hard by the storm, living in migrant communities, trailer parks, and the Florida Keys.

Texas

Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on shipping routes and disrupted families’ access to diapers even in communities spared by flood waters. NDBN coordinated with our member diaper banks across a broad area to ensure we could meet the needs of displaced families.

Through our Network, we shipped truckloads of diapers to member diaper banks across Texas, including Austin Diaper Bank, Baby Booties Diaper Bank (McKinney), Fort Bend Diaper Bank (Richmond), Galveston Diaper Bank, Hope Supply Co. (Dallas), Houston Diaper Bank, NACC (Pasadena), and Texas Diaper Bank (San Antonio).

NDBN also coordinated efforts with FEMA, state and local officials. Plus we helped mobilize NDBN member diaper banks to provide supplies to families in shelters and those displaced by the storm.

While our current focus is on the Caribbean, NDBN will continue to support relief efforts in Texas and Florida.

We are truly thankful for the support you have given and will continue to give to help these families as they work to rebuild.  Together, we are bringing hope to families struggling in the wake of these disasters. Thank you!

What Is Diaper Need

The lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry and healthy.

Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families.

Acting together — individuals, diaper banks, faith-based institutions, service providers, businesses, organizations and elected officials — we can get diapers to all babies in need.

PROCLAMATIONS MATTER

  • Inform your elected officials
  • Increase awareness within your state & community
  • Promote opportunities for you to talk and help raise diapers & dollars
  • Champion change led by you, diaper bankers, and our supporters

Click here for a list of 2017 Proclamations

VOICES OF NEED

"I recently had a baby girl. She is 3 months old. I also have two other daughters 5 and 9. I raise them all on my own and have recently been diagnosed with a seizure disorder... I can only work part time light duty. Needless to say things have gotten extremely hard in the past 3 months. I really need some extra help in any way possible especially with diapers, wipes and clothes until I can get back on my feet. "

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