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Friday, August 30, 2013

BabyEarth in Round Rock is our 6th Diaper Drop Location!

Austin Diaper Bank now has two diaper drop locations in Round Rock to accept your diaper donations.  Our newest location, BabyEarth, is a welcoming, baby super store on Old Settlers Blvd.  They have tons of baby wearing items, furniture, Melissa and Doug toys and much much more. They even have a comfy lounge for you feed your baby or just put up your feet.  Check out their website here. Thanks BabyEarth!

Two family fun events this weekend featuring the Hey Lollies Brass Band and diapers!

Our friends at Music Forever Music Together are throwing two Give Back events this weekend and you are invited! Saturday at 11 am at Reunion Grille in Cedar Park and Sunday the 1st at 11 am at Central Market on N. Lamar. Both events are diaper drives and feature The Hey Lollies Brass Band. The first 100 kids get goody bags!  There is a raffle for 50% off their fall session and bringing diapers gives you an extra raffle entry. Austin Diaper Bank is so thrilled to be a part of these events! We will see you there!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Austin's Mayor Proclaims Diaper Need Awareness Week Sept. 9-13

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

3 Things We Need to Stop Saying About Poverty

Joanne Goldblum, Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network, recently wrote a wonderful piece for Huffington Post titled "3 Things We Need to Stop Saying About Poverty."

"One in five American children are growing up in poverty. Problems, as a rule, do not get solved unless we talk about them. I would dearly love to see a national conversation about poverty, and I'd love it to be an intelligent and productive one. Unfortunately, there are a lot of worn-out conversation-enders that tend to come up in discussions about economic hardship. I could live a long and happy life without ever hearing these three again. 
1. "People shouldn't have babies if they can't afford them."
I dislike this one for so many reasons." Click for more here.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Diaper Drive Success: Whole Foods Arbor Trails

Thank you to the Austin Diaper Bank volunteers and everyone else who came out Saturday to Whole Foods Arbor Trails to stuff the bus with diapers. Total diapers donated: Over 1200! We did a lot of face painting, played some games and gave out some prizes. We had a blast meeting new friends and raising awareness of diaper need. Thanks again to Whole Foods for inviting us and to Children's Courtyard for letting us borrow the bus.

Friday, August 23, 2013

See you tomorrow at the Back to School Bash and Diaper Drive at Whole Foods Arbor Trails!

Look for the bus! We'll be stuffing that little bus fill of diapers for Austin's babies, toddlers and seniors from 10 am to 2 pm! Saturday is the Back to School Bash at Arbor Trails so there will be live music, games for the kids, face painting, a 5k Fun Run, food and more.  The whole shopping center is participating so check out what Southwest Austin has to offer.  See you there!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

We love the venue for our Fall Fundraising Event!

Antonelli's Cheese House!

That's right! Our favorite local purveyor of delectable cheeses and meats will be hosting our Fall Fundraiser. The Antonelli's Cheese House is a lovely 100-year old house in Hyde Park on Duval, across from the cheese shop.  The house is perfect for our 30 person event.  We are putting on the finishing touches, aka dessert, and will get releasing the full invite soon.

In the meantime, check out Antonelli's Cheese Shop!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Wonderful Video from Austin Children's Shelter, One of Our Partner Agencies

This short (6 minute) video from the Austin Children's Shelter makes us so proud to be able to provide diapers for the Teen Mother Program.  Thank you for all of your hard work in helping Austin's kids.  If you'd like to help diaper the youngest residents of the Shelter, donate diapers or funds today.

Thanks to Our Fall Fundraiser Sponsor: Dr. David Baker and Family Dental Care in Westlake

We are proud to have Dr. David Baker and Family Dental Care in Westlake as a sponsor for our Fall Fundraiser!  I have been going to Dr. Baker for close to ten years now and I even referred my husband. To check out services offered, click here.

Austin Diaper Bank is putting together a fun evening event for October 17, so stay tuned for more details.

-Beverly Hamilton, Founder

Monday, August 19, 2013

Diaper Drive Success at Brilliant Sky Toys: 2,000 Diapers!

Thanks to everyone who came out to support Austin Diaper Bank on Saturday at Brilliant Sky Toys! We had fun painting faces, giving out tattoos and playing games while collecting diapers for babies, toddlers and senior citizens in our area.  

The bottom line: 2,000 diapers collected!  We'd especially like to thank Lani and Maya from Brilliant Sky for making this happen.  And of course, a round of applause for our face painting artists: Carrie, Ellie and Elizabeth.  We are excited to be able to provide these diapers to our partner agencies.  If you'd like to volunteer to help Austin Diaper Bank at diaper drives and other events, click here.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Another Easy Way to Help: Donate Your Diaper Codes!

If you buy diapers and wipes, especially Huggies and Pampers, there are codes you can enter to redeem for even more diapers.  Austin Diaper Bank can use those codes to turn points into diapers for babies in need.  Simply "Like" us on Facebook and then send us a message with a photo of those codes.  We will enter them and put them to good use!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

How can you help? National Diaper Need Awareness Week is coming!

September 9-13 is National Diaper Need Awareness Week.  We hope that you will consider hosting a diaper drive or making a contribution to Austin Diaper Bank to celebrate the work of diaper banks across the country.  By donating diapers or funds, you are helping local babies, toddlers and senior citizens lead happy, healthy and comfortable lives.  Something as simple as a diaper can make a huge difference in the lives of our neighbors.  What ideas do you have for raising awareness for National Diaper Need Awareness Week? 
We'd love to hear them! Comment below or .

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

First-Hand Experience In Working with Diaper Need Clients

A staff member at one of Austin Diaper Bank's partner agencies wrote us this testimonial about the diaper need she sees everyday and was kind enough to let us anonymously use her words to document the struggle that many face right here in our own city.

"I wanted to say how thankful I am that someone decided to recognize and take action for the need for diapers in our community. I work at (a local social service agency) and have clients come in on a daily basis struggling for the basics, including diapers. When I worked at the agency, I can't tell you how many times I contemplated throwing some type of "diaper drive", because it was just so awful not having diapers to pass out to clients. What else were they supposed to do, you know? Many of the families were pending TANF and shelter and had no extra money to actually purchase these items. And yes, its all too often that children go unchanged because mom needs the diaper to last longer....or they opt for bigger sizes hoping it will hold more in. Very sad. (The worse part is, so often mothers who are struggling financially and change less often get bad raps for having "smelly kids" or for "being lazy". If the ones judging only knew!"

Doesn't this just break your heart? Austin Diaper Bank exists to improve the lives of these babies, mothers and families. If you'd like to help us, please donate diapers or funds today. Thank you.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Diaper Need and Single Moms

According to the most recent study on diaper need, 30% of mothers report that affording diapers was an issue.  That problem is compounded when you are the sole breadwinner for your family and you make minimum wage or less.  Diaper cost for those living on federal minimum wage is more than 6 percent of gross income.  Not being able to effectively diaper your baby is more than just a health issue.  The emotional and psychological toll on the mother is also key.  The ability to diaper was a greater indicator of mental health than food availability.  Half of our single mothers in the Austin area live in poverty, so we know that many of their children might be in a diaper need situation.  Austin Diaper Bank partners with social service agencies to get diapers to families who are in need.  Diapers improve wellbeing in so many ways.  Won't you help change the lives of a Central Texas family today? Click here to learn more.

Monday, August 12, 2013

New Diaper Drop Location: Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock!

Austin Diaper Bank so glad to expand our diaper drop locations to include Round Rock's Oldest Neighborhood Toy Store: Kaleidoscope Toys!  They have a great website where you can search for toys by age, brand or type of toy.  Check out their events page for FUnitivty classes, Family Fun Nights, Magicians, Lego Robotics and lots more.  Kaleidoscope Toys even maintains wish lists for your birthday boy or girl to help take out the guesswork of the perfect gift.  We are happy to partner with such a great local business.  Drop by with those new or opened packs of diapers today and walk out with a new trinket for you or your kiddo!  Kaleidoscope Toys is conveniently located on I-35 in Round Rock.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Event: Saturday August 17 from 10am to 1pm: Diaper Drive at Brilliant Sky Toys and Books

Next Saturday, come join us free fun and drop off some diapers or dollars for Austin's babies and toddlers in need!  On Saturday August 17 from 10 to 1, we will be at Brilliant Sky Toys and Books in the Village at Westlake shopping center.  We will have face painting, temporary tattoos and some carnival games with prizes.  Donations of diapers and funds will be accepted.  All brands, even opened packed, are needed, especially larger sizes. Brilliant Sky Toys is conveniently located next to HEB in the Village at Westlake Shopping Center at Bee Caves Road (FM 2244) and Capital of Texas Hwy (360).
Who doesn't love prizes?!

Friday, August 9, 2013

Toybrary: August Discount and Diaper Drive!

Check out Austin's new play space and toy lending library while getting diapers to Austin's babies in need.  For the month of August, when you bring in a pack of diapers (preferably sizes 4, 5, or 6), you get a FREE month on any new membership!  Toybrary Austin is great for playgroups.  Your kids will have a whole new set of toys to play with.  They also have different classes and workshops: balloon twisting, music, story time, crafts, you name it.  I recently saw photos of a Lego birthday party there as well, pretty cool.  We love supporting our local businesses as they help to support Austin Diaper Bank.  Toybrary Austin is right off Anderson Lane, near Mopac.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Help Us Sustain the Success: Over 1700 Diapers Given in 2 days!

Thanks to recent mentions in the local media and the generous hearts of Austin Diaper Bank supporters, we have been able to distribute 1700 diapers to SafePlace and Settlement Home for Children.  While we are happy for this success, we still cannot meet these agencies' entire diaper need, which is our ultimate goal.  Let's sustain this great start through our third month of operation!  Tell your friends, parents or not, that ADB needs diapers and operating funds to help take care of Austin's baby bums in need.  Learn more here.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Partner Spotlight: Settlement Home for Children

We are proud to partner with Settlement Home for Children and provide diapers for their babies and toddlers.  Their mission is to promote healing and growth in children, young adults and families by providing a continuum of care, support and resources.  Austin Diaper Bank works with their Foster and Adoption Program but they also have a Residential Treatment Center, Therapeutic Group Homes, and a Transitional to Independent Living Program.
By helping Austin Diaper Bank, you are helping the children at Settlement Home get their basic needs met while they are waiting for their forever home.  You can learn more about their great work here. Coming in November is their big event, the Annual Settlement Home for Children Charity Garage Sale at the Palmer Events Center.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Look for Austin Diaper Bank in Your Neighborhood Newsletter!

Austin Diaper Bank newsletter articles have been popping up across the Austin metro area.  From southwest Austin to Crestview, we've been trying to raise awareness of diaper need in our fair city.  Check out the August or September newsletter in your community to see if you can find us!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Austin Diaper Bank Cover Babies

These kiddos are adorable! We are thrilled that they will grace our website and other publications.  This is what we strive for: happy, healthy diapered bottoms!  Many thanks to the talented Serina Sparkman for organizing and taking such great pictures.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Recycle Your Trash AND Help Austin Diaper Bank!

Austin Diaper Bank is working with TerraCycle to turn your diaper, wipes and baby food pouch packaging into cold, hard cash to buy diapers for babies!  Any diaper or wipes packaging will do!  Simply fill an empty diaper package with all your other diaper/pouch packaging and donate at one of our drop-off locations. We ship all the packaging material that would have normally been thrown away and TerraCycle gives us one cent per package.  Every cent adds up for more diapers and also means less plastic going into landfills. Pretty cool!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Austin Diaper Bank on Local News Channel YNN this week

YNN's Bonnie Gonzalez interviews Beverly Hamilton, President of Austin Diaper Bank, about diaper need for babies and senior citizens.  She also interviews Amy Temperley, Executive Director of HAND Austin, about receiving diapers from Austin Diaper Bank for her clients.  To see the video you must be a Time Warner Cable subscriber, but there is an attached article that anyone can read.    More here.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Austin Diaper Bank in Community Impact Newspaper Online

Austin Diaper Bank makes an appearance today in the online version of Community Impact Newspaper. Kyle Caton reports on diaper need in the Austin area and how people in the community can help.  He also interviews Founder Beverly Hamilton.
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