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Thursday, December 26, 2013

VMware Hosts Holiday Diaper Drive

VMware hosted a diaper drive during this holiday season, spearheaded by our wonderful volunteer Andrea. They collected nearly a thousand diapers and a bunch of baby wipes! Thanks to this great group of co-workers, the babies and toddlers we support will have a reliable supply of diapers. 1000 diapers can keep 10 kiddos happy and healthy for nearly two weeks. We are so appreciative of your time and effort VMware!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Poverty Never Takes A Holiday

Taken from Nancy's Burns' article written Dec. 10, 2013 for United Way's Alberta Capital Region.
In December, festive gatherings and gift giving is the norm for many people. The hype and advertising for the holiday season depict a joyous time of perfect presents, delicious meals and extravagant social visits.
However, for many individuals and families in our community, the holiday season is very stressful. People in poverty struggle all year to make ends meet. The decision to either buy food or pay the rent becomes even more challenging with the additional pressure of the holidays. A festive turkey dinner and a beautiful tree with plenty of presents may be a far-fetched dream for some families. The holiday traditions that supposedly contribute to the perfect family Christmas are unrealistic for people in poverty.
Sometimes the stress of not having enough money during the holiday season can lead to or accelerate domestic violence. Suicide rates increase. More people experience depression. Individuals who struggle with addictions can be tempted to slip back into old habits.
Loneliness is also more prevalent for people during holiday times, especially for seniors in poverty...read more.

Friday, December 20, 2013

We are looking for office/warehouse space: Can you help?

Austin Diaper Bank is growing and in need of an office and warehouse space. We figure with so many businesses out there, maybe one has some extra space to give us. We would prefer not to be too far out on a particular side of town, to make deliveries and donations easier to make. If there is a business out there who wants to write off that extra space and help out a growing non-profit, please let us know.
Any leads?   

Pflugerville MOMS Club Holiday Diaper Drive = 600+ Diapers!

This amazing group of ladies (and their cute kiddos) helped to collect over 600 diapers for Austin's babies in need! Their generosity is much appreciated. Diaper drives like this help sustain our diaper inventory so we can continue to help provide diapers to wonderful groups like Foundation for the Homeless and Austin Children's Shelter. Great job! Want to hold a diaper drive to help out? Click here.

Monday, December 16, 2013

How Our Diapers Help Hope Alliance Crisis Center

Hope Alliance Crisis Center in Round Rock does important work to assist those affected with family and sexual violence. Their operations include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, education, prevention and advocacy. Hope Alliance serves nearly 3,000 people each year, mostly women and children.

Often, victims of domestic violence leave behind all their possessions, including diapers, to escape a dangerous situation. Here is just one story about how our diapers can help their clients:

"We recently had a single mom flee to the shelter with her 9 month boy and 2 year old daughter. Both of the kids were in diapers, but their mom wasn't even able to bring a diaper bag with her. On their first night in shelter, we were able to provide her with a case of diapers for each kid, wipes, baby powder, baby shampoo and other baby necessities. Though this might seem small and expected for most people, this gave the mom a sense of relief knowing she didn't have to spend the few dollars she had on diapers and wipes." 

Austin Diaper Bank is happy to support Hope Alliance Crisis Center with diapers for the children of their clients.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

For Want of a Diaper, A Future Could Be Lost. Two Futures.

From Katha Pollitt at The Nation: Here’s a little window into poverty, American- style. According to a Yale University study published in August in Pediatrics magazine, almost 30 percent of low-income women with children in diapers can’t afford an adequate supply of them, with Hispanic women and grandmothers raising grandchildren the most likely to be in need. Some women are forced to make one or two nappies last the whole day, emptying them out and putting them back on the baby. Based on a survey of almost 900 low-income women in and around New Haven, Connecticut, investigators found the lack of diapers—such a simple thing—had profound and complex effects. The risks to children’s health are obvious: rashes, urinary tract infections, painful chafing. (If a mom is too poor to afford diapers, she probably can’t afford diaper cream or wipes or baby powder, either.) But to their surprise, the study authors also found that not being able to provide this necessary item (to say nothing of having a baby prone to fussing because of the discomfort of a constantly wet and dirty bottom) was a major cause of mental problems like stress, anxiety and depression in mothers. Maternal depression, we know, is associated with all kinds of problems in children, especially for poor kids, who need heroic parenting to overcome the many obstacles they face. Diapers are also necessary for kids entering daycare—no diapers, no enrollment. And no enrollment may mean a mother can’t take a job. For want of a diaper, a future could be lost. Two futures. Read more at original post.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Help Us Win $1000 from Radiant Plumbing Helping Hands Program!

It's easy! All you have to do is Like and/or Share this link on Facebook! If we get the most likes and shares, we will win $1000. Thank you!


Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Diaper Donation Spot: Toy Time in Pflugerville

Hey Pflugerville, Round Rock and Hutto! We have a new diaper donation drop spot in your neck of the woods: Toy Time in downtown Pflugerville. Toy Time carries cool brands like Goldie Blox and Green Toys. They even have in-store petting zoos and other events. You can rent their party room too. It looks like a big tree house! Toy Time also does birthday bins- a gift registry for the birthday boy or girl.  If your little one has outgrown some diapers that you'd like to donate, bring them by! Or if you like to support us this holiday season while getting some shopping done for the kids, look no further than Toy Time! Size 5 diapers would be most appreciated!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Learn from the Best: Cheese and Wine 101

The Austin Wine Merchant and Antonelli's Cheese Shop will be schooling us on all things cheese and wine on Tuesday December 10th from 6:30-8:30pm.  We will be guided through 7 cheeses and 7 wines while enjoying the cozy comfort of Antonelli's Cheese House.

This night will be a great way to ring in the holiday season, while contributing to a great cause! All proceeds will go towards adult diapers for AGE of Central Texas and HAND, who help a large percentage of disabled and homebound elderly.

We even have prizes for lucky guests from our great sponsors at Embellish, Marye's Gourmet Pizza and more. The $60 ticket price is a great price for all the wine, cheese and knowledge you will get at this event. Only a handful of tickets are still available here.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Austin Diaper Bank Named Best New Charity of 2013 by Austin Monthly's Best of the City

It's right there on page 100 of the December issue of Austin Monthly: Austin Diaper Bank is the Best New Charity of 2013. We are thrilled! Here is a photo of our article but we'd encourage you to pick up a copy and check out all the other Best of the City winners.

Giving Tuesday: What It's All About

Giving Tuesday was created to celebrate a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season. It supports non-profit organizations and their activities. The hope is that after shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, people will give to the charities of their choice on the following Tuesday. We think it's a great way to bring awareness to an important part of our community.