The Diaper Drive had its grassroots beginning in the Twin Cities in May of 2010, due to the critical need for diapers for babies and seniors.
Kristen Grode began The Diaper Drive after finding some outgrown, open packs of diapers from her two little girls. She wondered where to donate them, and found that there is a HUGE need across the country for them! Creating a diaper bank was an idea that kept nagging at her until she decided to give in. That little spark of an idea has gotten countless volunteers involved and doing drives in their communities! Since May, over 70 organizations have contacted The Diaper Drive in hopes of becoming distribution points, and being able to help their clients with the donated diapers.
What is a diaper bank?
Diaper banks work to eliminate diaper need by distributing free diapers through existing service agencies. Their goal is to ensure that every child has enough diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy.
In poor and low-income families, a baby can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to potential health and abuse risks. Safety-net programs do not cover the cost of diapers. Many parents are already struggling to pay for rent and food and cannot afford the high cost of an adequate supply of diapers for their children.
You can help!
A diaper drive is a great community service project for your school, business, civic group, neighborhood or faith organization. Every package of diapers you collect and every dollar you raise brings us closer to our goal of making diapers available to needy infants and toddlers.
The purpose of this non-profit organization is:
To help prevent health and neglect issues for children by giving low income families access to fresh, properly fitting diapers;
To partner with the community collecting diapers and or funds, to purchase diapers;
To act as a vendor to public service agencies with diaper needs; and
To advocate, through the use of technology and social media, that "basic human needs" include diapers and that these needs are not being met for many children and adults.