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Virginia Beach-Area Women Named Champions for Change

Posted on: May 22, 2014 by admin


In recognition of their ongoing volunteer work with the Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank in Virginia Beach, Brenda Martinette of Portsmouth, Va., and Lydia Millington of Newport News, Va., have been named recipients of the National Diaper Bank Network’s Champions for Change for the month of May.
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                 Brenda Martinette                                            Lydia Millington                  

The national award recognizes individuals, groups or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding commitment to advancing awareness of diaper need, and/or supporting an individual diaper bank or the diaper bank community.

“I nominated Brenda and Lydia, because they continually go above and beyond their roles as volunteers in order to help individuals and families,” said Cheryl Leadbeater, coordinator of the Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank.

Each year, the Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank distributes a quarter million diapers to more than 7,000 families in need via partnerships with some 30-plus community organizations, including Western Branch Baptist Church in Portsmouth and Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newport News, where Martinette and Millington volunteer, respectively.

This past March, Leadbeater turned to Marinette and Millington for help after receiving a request for adult diapers from a man living in Bedford, Va., a town currently unserved by a diaper bank and located 240 miles west of their organizations.

According to Leadbeater, the man suffered a spinal cord injury and was unable to work. He and his wife went through their savings during the past year after she was laid off from her job. The man’s medical condition requires him to wear adult diapers, which along with the related supplies cost more than $400 per month. With only his disability check as a source of income, the couple was having a tough time making ends meet, and turned to the Greater Hampton Roads Diaper Bank in desperation.

Fortunately, Leadbeater’s organization had a supply of adult diapers in its warehouse at the time.

“Lydia and Brenda teamed up, to not only figure out how to get the diapers to the gentleman who lives four hours away, but they worked to identify a church in his community that could provide him with assistance going forward,” she said.  “The action is reflective of their daily commitment to make a difference in the lives of others.”

The Western Branch Baptist Church in Portsmouth currently distributes about 1,300 diapers each month to 27 children and two adults. According to Martinette, “We are seeing more adults coming forward with the need for diapers. We always need more diapers and more funding, so donations are welcome.”

Emmanuel Baptist Church in Newport News helps a similar number of families each month—distributing 1,000 diapers to 24 children—via its diaper program run as part of the organization’s food pantry, Emmanuel House.  “The E House is a one-woman show, with limited resources,” said Millington. “We serve the surrounding area as well as families from Suffolk, Hampton and Williamsburg. When we all work together, we are able to accomplish so much and serve those in need.”

Champions for Change reflects a core ideal of National Diaper Bank Network — small things affect big things. The honor is not necessarily presented for the biggest, the most or the best of any one act, rather for simple actions that inspire emotion and renew the vigor in all of us to continuing helping others.

The Champions for Change nomination form can be downloaded here. Submissions are accepted throughout the year.

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!

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.


  • 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


"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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