diaper need awareness weekSeptember 25 to October 1, 2017

Inspired to Act

Posted on: May 22, 2014 by admin

 

Upon hearing a presentation by National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) Executive Director Joanne Goldblum at an industry conference (INDA Vision) held in Dallas earlier this year, Renita Anderson, director of marketing of Imerys Carbonates North America, became inspired to step up and help address diaper need in her home community of Atlanta.

Following the conference, Renita turned to the NDNB website for information on how to host a diaper drive. First, she set her sights on her colleagues at Imerys’ U.S. headquarters in Roswell, Ga.

Renita spearheaded a month-long Mother’s Day themed diaper drive that collected more than $1,200 and 2,618 diapers, all of which will be donated to Atlanta Community Food Bank, a NDBN partner.

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Imerys is a raw-material supplier to the diaper industry, and according to Renita, the issue of diaper need “really hit close to home for us. It’s nice to be able to give back locally within an industry we supply.”

However, she didn’t stop there!

Reinta turned to her daughter’s daycare, The Clifton School, which operates on two campuses at Emory University. Her advocacy resulted in two-week-long diaper drives at both campuses to benefit Genesis Shelter, a local organization that serves homeless babies and their families.

Finally, Renita orchestrated a diaper drive campaign at her church, Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur. The effort involved the collection of diapers at two onsite child care programs as well as by youth fellowship groups, and the entire congregation during Sunday services.

Renita’s efforts demonstrate the power that one motivated person possesses to affect change in her community.

St. Petersburg Diaper Banker Named Community Service Woman of the Year

Posted on: May 22, 2014 by admin

Torrie Jasuwan, founder and director of BabyCycle Diaper Bank in Florida, has been named Community Service Woman of the Year at the 15th Annual Iconic Women of St. Petersburg – Celebrating Women with Vision Awards. Hosted by the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, the awards recognize women for outstanding accomplishments in influential professional and community leadership roles throughout Pinellas County.

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Torrie Jasuwan with award presenter William Ulbricht, president, St. Anthony’s Hospital

Torrie created BabyCycle after her two children began to outgrow their clothes and baby gear. She wanted to donate all the items to a community organization capable of giving them directly to local children in need. Unable to identify such an organization, she created her own network of community-based providers through her work in the St. Petersburg Exchange Club and the Junior League of St. Petersburg.

Torrie’s mission for Babycycle—South Pinellas County’s only community diaper bank—is for no child to go without food, diapers, clothing or other necessities.

Congratulations Torrie…#DiaperOn!

Tractor-Trailers Bearing 12.75 Million Gifts

Posted on: May 12, 2014 by admin

Imagine having tractor-trailers packed with 250,000, 500,000, or even 1 million diapers pull up in front of your office, and the driver asking, “what would you like to do with these diapers?”

For diaper bankers, the answer is easy… “help families and babies.”

That’s exactly what 29 National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) partners will do with their share of 12,750,000 diapers that are being delivered to their organizations during the first few weeks in May. The diapers are part of the 20 million diapers donated annually to NDBN by its founding sponsor Huggies®. The deliveries are being coordinated by NDBN board member Chris Blake, chief executive officer of First Candle.

Located in 17 states throughout the country from Massachusetts to California and Florida to Washington, and places in between, each of the NDBN partner diaper banks is receiving a minimum of 250,000 diapers, with three organizations receiving a half-million, one getting 750,000, and five accepting deliveries of 1,000,000. Receiving so many diapers at once is a diaper banker’s version of winning the lottery!

The 2014 NDBN diaper bank partners include: Diaper Bank of Central Arizona (AZ), Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona (AZ), Baby2Baby (CA), LA Diaper Drive (CA), Help A Mother Out (CA), Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services (CA), The Diaper Bank (CT), Junior League of Boca Raton (FL), Treasure Coast Food Bank (FL), Atlanta Community Food Bank (GA), Food Bank of North Indiana (IN), Happy Bottoms (KS), Cradles to Crayons (MA), The Diaper Alliance (MI), DC Diaper Bank (MD), Piedmont Diaper Bank (NC), The Diaper Train (NC), Community Food Bank of New Jersey (NJ), Baby Buggy (NY), The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank (PA), Cradles to Crayons (PA), Mitzvah Circle Foundation (PA), Captain Hope’s Kids (TX), North Texas Food Bank (TX), Texas Diaper Bank (TX), A Small Hand (VA), WestSide Baby and Eastside Baby Corner (WA), and Tri-Cities Diaper Bank (WA).

Collectively, these 29 NDBN partner diaper banks work with nearly 20,000 local agencies to provide more than 16.7 million diapers to 80,000 babies each year.

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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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