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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's official! Austin Diaper Bank has 501(c)(3) public charity status!


We are happy to report that Austin Diaper Bank is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code! That means a lot of things- namely that donations to Austin Diaper Bank are tax deductible!  Thank you to everyone who has given a donation so far to help us apply for this status and to carry out the important work we do.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What Helping Hand Home for Children Says About Austin Diaper Bank


From one of the Helping Hand Home staff members: "I am so grateful for the Diaper Bank donations. It is great to be able to take any additional burdens off of our foster families and diapers are such a high need. So many times we have emergency placements where children come in and they just have nothing but the clothes/diaper they are wearing. If a donation of diapers saves them a trip to the store so they are available instead to spend time with the child/children in their home making sure they feel safe and secure; that is a real gift. Thank you so much."

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Her Two Cents: Why Poor People's Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense

This powerful blog post is getting a lot of attention so we thought we'd share. Night cook Linda Tirado talks about her personal struggles as a person in poverty:

There's no way to structure this coherently. They are random observations that might help explain the mental processes. But often, I think that we look at the academic problems of poverty and have no idea of the why. We know the what and the how, and we can see systemic problems, but it's rare to have a poor person actually explain it on their own behalf. So this is me doing that, sort of.

Read the rest of the article here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-tirado/why-poor-peoples-bad-decisions-make-perfect-sense_b_4326233.html

Thursday, November 21, 2013

New Donation Drop Spot in Westlake: College Nannies + Tutors!


Austin Diaper Bank is excited to announce a new diaper donation location: College Nannies + Tutors in Westlake.  This locally owned and operated business is committed to helping families grow stronger by finding nannies or tutors who serve as role models.  Located on Bee Caves Road in Rollingwood, College Nannies + Tutors is helping give back to the community. We are so appreciative of their support! Check out this recent article in the Statesman featuring College Nannies + Tutors' Doug and Donna Balser. See our other donation locations here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Covenant Presbyterian Church Day of Service Drive Nets Over 800 Diapers

We are thrilled to have the support of Covenant Presbyterian Church and their Day of Service on November 9th. At this Day of Service, over 800 diapers were donated for Austin's babies and toddlers in need.  Thank you to those members and staff who worked so hard to make this happen. Special appreciation goes to ADB volunteer Deanna Brittain for introducing us to Covenant and their great work.  You too can host a diaper drive. It's an easy way to give back during this holiday season. Check it out here.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cheese 101 and Wine, Benefiting Austin Diaper Bank

We are very excited about our holiday event: Cheese 101 with Wine! Antonelli's Cheese House in Hyde Park is hosting this lovely and intimate evening on Tuesday December 10th.  Their expert cheesemonger will step us through the seven styles of cheese with food pairings while we enjoy tastings of California wine.  Prizes will be given away from wonderful sponsors such as Embellish and Maryre's Gourmet Pizza.  Proceeds go to purchase adult diapers for HAND and AGE.  Only 20 seats remain for this special event. Tickets can be purchased here.


Friday, November 15, 2013

From NPR: "Being Tight On Money, Short On Diapers Brings Health Issues"

On NPR's "All Things Considered" a couple of weeks ago, Joanne Goldblum from the National Diaper Bank Network was interviewed about diaper need.  As a social worker and founder of the Diaper Bank in New Haven, CT, she has seen it all. Listen here (3 minute clip).




Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Great Diaper Deals: Diaper Buy Prices and Deals


Austin Diaper Bank tries to get the lowest price possible for diapers and you can too! We don't buy diapers unless we hit a certain price per diaper. You can use this as a rule of thumb when you are in the store or shopping online. I just keep my calculator handy to figure out the cost per diaper. A good deal is any price per diaper that falls below the listed values below (by size).

NB/1- 14 cents
2- 16 cents
3- 18 cents
4- 22 cents
5- 26 cents
6- 29 cents


We use SouthernSavers.com to find deals and coupons all in one place.  Check out this search for diapers on sale this week.  For example, Walmart has Huggies 50 count packs for $8.09 with tax when you use the printable coupon, which works out to 16 cents per diaper. Not a bad deal! Randalls has Pampers Jumbo packs (50 count) at $6.49 with the printable coupon and that also works out to 16 cents per diaper. It takes a little extra time to look for these deals but we do so to make sure we get as many diapers as possible for each donated dollar.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

We Give Thanks For Our Wonderful Drop-Off Locations!

We thank our diaper drop-off locations for serving such an important role in what Austin Diaper Bank does. They allow us to get diapers from people who don't need them anymore (or who just want to give new packs of diapers) to people who really need them.  Check them out and support them for helping our community. Our current diaper drop locations are:

Friday, November 8, 2013

Community Drives Sustain Austin Diaper Bank Inventory

The only way a diaper bank can be successful is if its community undertakes diapers drives. It's extremely difficult for a diaper bank to conduct enough drives on its own to meet demand. Some wonderful organizations decided to host diaper or recycling drives recently and we wanted to publicly thank them:


Hosting a diaper drive is easy and fun. Here's how to conduct a drive and give back to our community to help a silent crisis.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Recycle These Items and Save Them From the Landfill!


Austin Diaper Bank is pleased to be able to recycle items that would normally end up in the trash can. Through a partnership with Terracycle, we are able to accept the following for recycling:

  • Plastic dairy containers, including yogurt, pudding, sour cream containers. Rinsed and stacked.
  • Baby food pouches, empty with cap.
  • Diaper and wipe plastic packaging.
Bag these up and drop them at your nearest drop-off location. We get one cent per item and it adds up to mean more diapers we can buy for those in need in our community (And less trash out in the world!).

Monday, November 4, 2013

5 Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps and Diapers Aren't One of Them.

With all the talk about the reductions slated for SNAP (food stamp program), we'd like to point out that diapers are not available on this program, nor any other federal assistance program, including WIC (Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program).   According to this article from Time, many surprising things ARE allowable purchases with SNAP: Candy and Red Bull, just to name two.

http://business.time.com/2013/11/01/5-surprising-things-you-can-buy-with-food-stamps/?hpt=hp_t3


Saturday, November 2, 2013

"Those People": Do You Know Who Needs Our Help?

This blog article by Jennifer Ball is a touching and scathing account about finding herself in circumstances where she was forced to use a food pantry when times were very tough. Her story is like many of our clients. Floods, divorces, layoffs, all take their toll. Please take a moment to read and appreciate how hard it can be for those in need.

http://www.scarymommy.com/those-people/

Her follow-up post to this blog is also a helpful reminder of what you can donate to help address the hunger issue in your community:

http://happyhausfrau.blogspot.com/2013/11/hashtag-quinoa.html.

Diapers always help families with young children: http://www.austindiapers.org/p/diapers.html. Funds to buy diapers are great as well: http://www.austindiapers.org/p/donate.html.

Thank you for your support!



Friday, November 1, 2013

500 Homes Affected By October 30 Floods: Can You Help?

Families in South Austin, Pflugerville, Hutto and Wimberley affected by the recent floods are being housed in Red Cross shelters that have opened in both Travis and Williamson counties. Austin Diaper Bank is helping by delivering diapers for families with little ones.  How can you help? Simply donate diapers at one of our 5 drop-off locations or buy diapers from our wish list and they will be shipped directly to the diaper bank.  Thank you for helping our friends who have lost everything they own. Many were lucky to escape with their lives. We feel it is the very least we can do is make sure the babies and toddlers affected by this crisis have the diapers they need to stay dry and healthy.