The title of this article is just one of many great points made by Joanne Goldblum, Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network, in her recent blog for Huffington Post. She wonders why media coverage of poverty is so sporadic, especially when the numbers of Americans living in poverty continues to rise. Help us by reading more here and spreading the word about diaper need and poverty.
Thank you for supporting Austin Diaper Bank and if you have not contributed already, you can do so here.
We are elated to report that we have surpassed 20,000 diapers donated! Thank you to everyone who has donated diapers, their time or money to this important cause. A special thank you to our diaper drop locations: BabyEarth, Brilliant Sky Toys, Kaleidoscope Toys, Pumpkin Patch Children's Stores North and South, and The Little Gym of South Austin. Another round of appreciation for the preschools and daycare centers who have allowed diaper locations at their schools. Lastly, thank you to those of you who have volunteered to put on diaper drives! Austin Diaper Bank is a 100% volunteer-run organization. We would not have made it this far without our board of three and our volunteer council of approximately twelve dedicated individuals. We've shown that even a few people banding together can make a difference. We hope you will join us by volunteering, making a donation, giving diapers or helping to spread the word about diaper need in the United States and our local community. We have an upcoming community event to raise awareness about Austin Diaper Bank, featuring beer, cheese, and fun. Hope to see you there. Let's keep up this success!
Kids at the Crossroads, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation established to provide therapeutic services in foster home settings for dependent, neglected, and abused children, ages birth to seventeen years. The primary purpose of Kids at the Crossroads, Inc. is two-fold:
-To assist children with emotional issues (e.g. loss, abuse, and neglect).
-To provide children the opportunity to acquire and enhance the skills necessary to establish and maintain healthy relationships.
To achieve these goals, KATC uses:
-A multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
-A commitment to interagency networking. Therapeutic group homes to care for large sibling groups.
-Individual, group, and family therapy.
-Psychiatric and psychological testing, evaluation, and consultation.
-Monthly medication monitoring by a board certified psychiatrist.
-Liaison with educational services.
-Utilization of community resources.
-Emergency, short, and long term placements.
Kids at the Crossroads, Inc. accepts children with various conditions and diagnoses. this includes, but is not limited to:
-Emotional and behavioral disturbances.
-Disorders such as ADHD, PTSD, depression, attachment, obsessive - compulsive, impulse control and developmental.
Often these children stay in diapers longer than the average child so our diaper assistance to KATC is very important. You can support Austin Diaper Bank and Kids At The Crossroads by donating here.
We had so much fun collecting nearly a thousand diapers this last Saturday in Round Rock at Kaleidoscope Toys! There were glitter tattoos, games and lots of playing with toys! So many people came in with diapers that their little ones didn't need anymore that now we can give those to other babies and toddlers who really need them. We love Kaleidoscope Toys!
In his article, "Lifelines for Poor Children," author James Heckman, a professor and Nobel Laureate in Economics, says that the U.S. should invest more in quality early childhood education programs: "What’s missing in the current debate over economic inequality is enough serious discussion about investing in effective early childhood development from birth to age 5. This is not a big government boondoggle policy that would require a huge redistribution of wealth. Acting on it would, however, require us to rethink long-held notions of how we develop productive people and promote shared prosperity". Read more.
I started Austin Diaper Bank this summer while staying at home with my son Barrett. I've liked the part-time flexibility of the work but I realize that it will also look good on my resume if and when I go back to a full-time job in the outside world. :) I would love to have more stay-at-home moms join our organization. We have many things to do that can be done with your littles in tow (making a diaper delivery or pick-up) or things that get you out of the house for a break with other like-minded adults (diaper drives and other events). Austin Diaper Bank needs manpower- for ideas, getting donations and other things that can be done on your own time. I would wager that the vast majority of diaper bank work I do if between the hours of 1 and 3 pm aka nap time. Please if you'd like to see change in the world and be a part of it.
Many of us, our kids included, have plenty and want for not. My toddler, unbeknownst to him, will be asking for diapers and donations instead of gifts for his birthday. We are coming up on holiday season and it is a great time to harness the season of giving for organizations that are important to you and the community. Most people are happy to give if they know about a cause and how they can help. These moments of education are critical in raising awareness for our cause. Diaper need is considered a 'silent crisis' because most people haven't heard of it. Let's educate our friends and family by making the Austin Diaper Bank a benefactor of your celebrations:
1. Office Holiday Parties- Maybe entry "fee" is one pack of diapers. Challenge your department to raise more diapers/dollars than the other department.
2. Personal Holiday Giving Campaigns/ Diaper Drives - We would love to be adopted this year as your cause!
3. Birthday parties where donations/diapers are brought instead of presents.
4. Baby showers where Austin Diaper Bank gets diapers as well as the new bundle of joy.
5. "Treat" ADB with diapers from your Halloween party.
6. Giving a donation in honor of someone for a birthday or holiday.
We would love to hear from you and your plans for including Austin Diaper Bank in your charitable giving this year. Something like 70% of donations for the year are done between October and December. Let us know how we can help!
After many successful diaper drives in August, Austin Diaper Bank is happy to be able to distribute those diapers to several of our partner agencies: Helping Hand Home for Children, SafePlace Shelter and Settlement Home for Children. Thanks to our lovely volunteers for taking these diapers to their new homes. Let's keep up the supply for diapers going into the fall. Diaper Need Awareness Week means we have even more places that accept diapers for the diaper bank. Check them out here.
Mayor Lee Leffingwell proclaimed Diaper Need Awareness Week in Austin as well! There are many diaper drives going on across the metro area for National Diaper Need Awareness Week. Check out the events and donation locations in your neighborhood to help babies, toddlers and senior citizens in a diaper need situation by donating diapers or donating funds today!
Cedar Park Library will have a donation bin from Tuesday the 10th through Saturday the 14th. Check out their story times here.
Austin: Brilliant Sky Toys and Books will be open regular business hours for the week.
buybuyBaby on Brodie Lane has diapers at the register for you to purchase and donate to Austin Diaper Bank on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th.
Little Gym of South Austin will be open regular business hours during the week.
Pumpkin Patch Children's Stores North and South will be open regular hours during the week.
Round Rock: BabyEarth will be open regular business hours for the week. We will also hold a Kids' Baby Shower!
Bring your babies and dolls so you can put them down for a nap in the cribs, while you decorate a diaper or two for our friends at Austin Children's Shelter. We will also play baby animal bingo, guess how many jellybeans are in the bottle and other fun baby shower games. Bring your extra diapers!
Thursday the 12th- 3:30-4:15 pm for 18 months & younger // 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm for 18+ months
Friday the 13th- 9:30 to 10:15 am for 18 months & younger // 10:30 am to 11:15 am for 18+ months
Kaleidoscope Toys will be open regular business hours for the week.
Austin Diaper Bank is proud to partner with Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) and provide them with diapers for their infants and toddlers. ACS provides services to children, young people and their families who are dealing with issues of abuse and neglect; they provide both residential and non-residential support. The services offered include: • emergency shelter • teen parent program with parent education and support • transitional living program for youth ages 17-22 • residential respite care • a child placing agency, Foster in Austin The shelter operates with the ethos that all children and young people deserve to feel safe and secure and to receive nurturing care, the programs and services are designed to help achieve this. The ACS guiding principles are: • Safety • Survivor centered • Loving, nurturing and fun • Excellence • Integrity • Respect and dignity • Culturally competent • Collaboration By supporting the diaper bank you are helping to provide care for the many babies and children that are supported by Austin’s Children Shelter; you can learn more about the shelter’s great work here. -Ellie Wheeler
We are thrilled to report that Cedar Park and Austin stepped up to donate over 2,400 diapers this weekend at Music Forever Music Together's Give Back Events. We know a few agencies that will be happy to see this result. Thanks so much for thinking of Austin Diaper Bank and local babies and toddlers in need.
Austin Diaper Bank is excited to announce their Fall Fundraiser: Beer and Cheese for Babies! Thursday October 17 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, we will toast 4 different kinds of cheeses and pairings at Antonelli's Cheese House in a lovely 100-year old house in Hyde Park. All proceeds go to getting diapers for the babies and toddlers at our partner agencies: Austin Children's Shelter, Helping Hand Home for Children, Settlement Home for Children, Austin LifeCare, and SafePlace Shelter. All you have to do is attend a beer and cheese tasting?! Get your tickets here before they are all gone!