“Diapers for Babies” Hurricane Fund
“Natural disasters give rise to ‘situational poverty.’ Families once secure, find themselves with nothing but the clothes on their back. The organizations that help families get back on their feet – the food banks, the diaper banks, the shelters – are already in the community helping people who live in persistent poverty. The National Diaper Bank Network is ready.”
– Joanne Goldblum, CEO National Diaper Bank Network
Clean diapers are among the first things families with young children request in disaster situations, and NDBN is ready to help.
In response to Hurricane Michael, NDBN has established the “Diapers for Babies” hurricane fund to help get clean diapers to children and families impacted by the storm.
In the past two years, NDBN and our member diaper bank programs have distributed millions of diapers to families impacted by disasters, including Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria in 2017, and Hurricane Florence in September.
Our experience has demonstrated that donating dollars is more impactful than collecting, and shipping individual boxes of diapers across the country. Shipping is more expensive than most people consider.
On average, donated dollars allow NDBN and member diaper banks to get twice as many diapers. Why? Because we can get diapers at costs lower than wholesale. When you give to NDBN, you double your impact.
Double Your Impact.
$1 spent at retail buys 3 diapers*
$1 donated to diaper banks buys 7 diapers*
How We Respond
When disasters strike, NDBN coordinates with our member diaper banks, supporters and corporate donors to mobilize the delivery of diapers and other material basic goods that babies and families need.
Immediately following a disaster, NDBN assesses where resources are most needed. Working with our member diaper banks, we coordinate efforts with state and federal agencies as well as relief agencies, and other organizations capable of providing immediate assistance to families. Equally important, NDBN continues its support throughout the disaster recovery which can last weeks and months.
Donated dollars enable NDBN to coordinate the delivery of truckloads of the right sizes of diapers to children and families living in areas most in need. In many cases these locations are emergency shelters housing evacuees.
In 2017, NDBN facilitated deliveries of millions of donated diapers to children and families impacted by the Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
NDBN helped fill two cargo planes destined for Puerto Rico. NDBN partnered 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. Today, NDBN provides assistance to the new Diaper Bank of Puerto Rico, a new organization that will provide ongoing support for families experience diaper need.
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.
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.
In March of 2018, NDBN worked with Huggies, Walgreens and Texas Diaper Bank to deliver and distribute 250,000 diapers to Houston-area families struggling to recover from Hurricane Harvey.
We are truly thankful for the public support for our efforts. We will continue to help families as they work to rebuild. Together, we are bringing hope to families struggling in the wake of these disasters.
At the National Diaper Bank Network, stewardship is an integral part of everything we do. We restrict funding that we receive for disaster relief to be used solely for our response to get diapers and other basic needs to families affected by the disaster. In rare cases where donations exceed what is needed, or where local conditions prevent program implementation, NDBN will redirect funds to similar activities to help children and families in need.