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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Austin Diaper Bank's First Drop-Off Location

Thank you to Brilliant Sky Toys & Books for serving as our first donation drop-off location!
Village at Westlake Shopping Center
701 S. Capital of Texas Highway
(360 and Bee Caves Road)

Hours: Mon-Sat 10-7 & Sun 11-6

Check out their special events like story time, yoga and even mad scientists!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Diaper bags and disaster bags: Necessities


A great reminder as we head into wildfire season in Texas: be prepared.  Perhaps most important of all of these is to have a family disaster plan.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Summer is the worst time of year to be poor


I am living in my car with my newborn.
We just lost everything in a house fire.
My husband has been laid off and we are desperate.
We get emails and phone calls like this every day of the year, as many parents face a daily choice between buying food or diapers. In summer, that choice gets harder, and more babies sit in wet and soiled diapers.
Summer is the worst time to be poor. When low-income children lose access to school breakfasts and lunches, moms stretch the family budget to provide more meals at home. Organizations that serve low-income families tend to get the bulk of their donations between Thanksgiving and the New Year. When the weather warms and more parents come in for help, the cupboard is often bare.

Fortunately, there is help out there. Community-based diaper banks provide free diapers to families in need. These are incredibly effective and efficient organizations that work through existing agencies and make use of the most amazing volunteers on earth. With your support, they can be even more effective.

-Joanne Goldblum, Executive Director, National Diaper Bank Network

Help parents and their babies by giving to the Austin Diaper Bank today.


Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Diaper Need Atfer Disasters


Diapers remain one of the most requested items after a major disaster. Recent events, such as the explosion in West, Texas and the tornado in Moore, Oklahoma, are no exception.  Diapers are easily destroyed and are expensive to replace.  Often, an entire region will be without diapers until the area is safe and dry enough to accomodate trucks.  Austin Diaper Bank is working to help provide diapers to those in sudden need. Donations of diapers and funds allow us to assist those in the region when disaster strikes.

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Host a Diaper Drive

Diaper Drives are a huge source of diaper donations and we need volunteers to organize diaper drives at their school, church or work.

What is a diaper drive?
A diaper drive is like a food drive, only with diapers.  The diaper drive can be a few days, a few weeks or maybe a month, depending on the nature of the organization hosting the drive. During that time, people bring their diaper donations and place them in the collection box, usually located in a central location, such as a lobby or office.

Organize a diaper drive?  It sounds involved and complicated...
Actually, organizing a diaper drive is fairly simple.

  1. First, get permission from the school, church or business.
  2. Work with your organization to set the dates for the drive.  The dates can be for a week or a month, or any other time frame that will work best for your organization.
  3. Promote the diaper drive with posters, flyers, letters, emails, newsletter or bulletin announcements - whatever communication works best for your organization.  This part isn't so hard because we can help!  We have some flyers you can modify with the dates and location of the diaper drive.  We also have sample letters and announcements that you can use.
  4. Collect diapers.  We can provide a collection box for you and at the end of the drive, you can drop the diapers off or have us pick them up.
That's easy enough.  How do I get started?
Just email austindiaperbank@gmail.com and we'll get things going!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Numbers don't lie

U.S. Census Bureau (USCB) reported that in 2012, there were 842,592 people in Austin proper.  Of those, 7.3% are under five years of age (or 61,509 total).  According to the USCB, 29% of Austin's children live in poverty.

Assuming that poverty is equally and not disproportionately represented for the under five age group and that only 2/3 of the under five age group is in diapers, that means nearly 12 thousand Austin babies and toddlers are likely in a diaper need situation.

12,000 babies and toddlers in our city can use your help.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Austin Diaper Bank's First Distribution


Today Austin Diaper Bank made its first distribution of diapers!  The worthy recipient was H.A.N.D. (Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled).  We provided adult disposable undergarments for their clients.  Every diaper helps.

What is a diaper bank anyway?


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Thanks to Ciera!

Special Thanks to Ciera who asked for diapers she could donate instead of presents for her birthday!  What a great example of giving to others.  This is a wonderful donation for Austin Diaper Bank and Austin babies.

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Saturday, June 15, 2013

Happy, healthy bottoms this summer

Summertime means it's hot out and diapers can become uncomfortable for little bottoms.The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following steps to keep baby healthy and dry.

Get the Red Out

Healing the rash involves being more vigilant about changing your baby’s diapers. While your baby is battling a bout of diaper rash, here’s what you can do:
  • Rinse the affected area with warm water. Repeat the process with each diaper change until the rash subsides. Wash with a mild soap only after a bowel movement since overusing soap can disrupt the healing process.
  • Choose the right kind of wipes. Avoid wipes that contain alcohol or fragrances. “If wipes seem to bother your infant, try plain water with a soft paper towel or wash cloth until the rash heals,” Dr. Altmann says.
  • Expose your baby’s bottom to air. Let your baby wear a loose diaper so air can circulate. While she’s napping, take the diaper off and lay her on a towel. Drying out the area will reduce the risk of developing a yeast infection.
  • Consider a good soak. Soaking in an oatmeal bath can help soothe a sore bottom, Dr. Altmann says.

Keeping Rash at Bay

Fortunately, you can take steps to prevent diaper rash, especially if you know your child is vulnerable. Apply a thick layer of diaper ointment that contains zinc oxide on to your baby’s bottom at every diaper change. Avoid putting the diaper on too tightly, which will trap the moisture and discourage air circulation. A petroleum jelly type product also works well.
Consider using extra absorbent diapers, too. “With the advent of super-absorbent diapers, which wick moisture away from the skin and keep the skin dry, the frequency of irritant diaper dermatitis has declined greatly,” says Dr. Krowchuk, who is also former chair of the AAP Section on Dermatology.
And make sure to change your child’s diaper frequently. “Changing the diaper promptly after it becomes wet or soiled is the best way to prevent diaper rash,” Dr. Krowchuk says.
If you'd like to donate to Austin Diaper Bank, you can help keep babies in dry diapers.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Your morning latte...

 ...can diaper a toddler for three days!


$3.75 donated to the Austin Diaper Bank can supply clean diapers to a local toddler in need for three days.  We use bulk purchases, extreme couponing and other discount deals to get diapers at bottom dollar prices (see what I did there? ;) Use our Amazon Wishlist to make donating easy!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Our first diaper donation!

Wow, our first diaper donation!  We are thankful but don't know who to thank as there was no note or name attached.  Please let us know.   Way to keep Austin diapered!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Thanks to Photographer Extraordinaire Serina Sparkman!


Special thanks to Serina Sparkman, a local photographer, who is donating her time and energy to get photos of cute kiddos in diapers for the Austin Diaper Bank website!  Her photos of babies and toddlers are adorable.  

Monday, June 10, 2013

Volunteer!


Austin Diaper Bank is looking for Founding Volunteer Committee Members!

If you love event planning and using your creative and/or administrative talents for a great cause, then please let us know at facebook.com/austindiaperbank or by clicking the image above to go to our Volunteer page.

Sunday, June 9, 2013

The Best Kind of Diapers

The Best Kind of Diapers, a great blog entry by Joanne Goldblum (Executive Director for National Diaper Bank Network) written for the Huffington Post, on the cloth versus disposable diaper debate for diaper banks helping those in poverty.  An excerpt:

"I have seen babies living in conditions that simply should not exist in America. I have seen horrible rashes; parents broken-hearted that they can’t take better care of their children; families cut off from opportunity for the want of a simple thing — a diaper. All over the country, people are running diaper banks because they’ve seen it too. They work so hard, with such generosity of spirit and often without pay.
You could quibble with the methods, but we would much prefer that you lend a hand."

Saturday, June 8, 2013

Diaper Need is Real

Diaper need is the struggle to provide babies with an essential need - diapers. Some mothers face having to clean out and reuse soiled diapers or have to choose between diapers and other basic needs like food. In 2010 Huggies® commissioned a study that found 1 in 3 American moms have had to face this choice.

Babies suffer without clean, dry diapers.
Diaper need means babies are kept in wet, dirty diapers for extended period. They sometimes must wear diapers that have been cleaned out and put back on*. As a result, they are more likely to experience signs of irritation and discomfort, cry more, and suffer from worse diaper rash.

Moms struggling against diaper need are more likely to miss work or school, stay home when they need to go out, or keep their babies out of daycare — which usually requires a full day's supply of disposable diapers*. Without enough diapers for routine changes, moms feel distressed* and find parenting even more difficult.

Taken from Huggies Every Little Bottom site.

Our Wish List!

Amazon Wish Lists make giving easy.  You don't even have to drive to the store!  We've selected items we really need, including diapers.  Shop, choose your donation and then it ships straight to ADB!

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Incorporated and seeking 501(3)(c) status

Austin Diaper Bank is officially incorporated as a non-profit organization.  Now we are pending 501(3)(c) status with the IRS.  We are in the process of contacting local social service agencies to determine how we can best partner.  Also in the works, the first diaper drives!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Keep Austin Diapered

Photo courtesy of Paulbinet @Dreamstime