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.
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.