The Great Diaper Drive is back! Here’s how you can help babies in need

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Great Diaper Drive 2016

Babies in the Tennessee Valley need our help.  Let’s take action for them together!

The Great Diaper Drive is back and bigger than ever this year. Once again, WHNT News 19 is partnering with Rocket City Mom to collect diapers and wipes for local children.  Our goal this year is to collect at least 90,000 diapers and wipes.

If you’d like to help us reach that goal, you have options. Read on for everything you need to know about The Great Diaper Drive 2016!

About This Effort

Four years ago, WHNT News 19 and Rocket City Mom learned local babies were going without clean diapers, putting them at increased risk for illness and abuse. The families in need each had a different story. Some were down on their luck, facing a sudden job loss or financial hardship. Others were fleeing domestic violence with next to nothing. We wanted to help, so we joined with community partners to establish The Great Diaper Drive. Since then, the project has grown exponentially. In 2015 viewers donated an astounding 80,061 diapers and wipes!

New This Year

Inspired by that incredible generosity, WHNT News 19 decided to take our mission of helping local children a step further. We brought together community partners with the goal of creating a diaper bank for the Tennessee Valley. Today, we’re proud to announce that dream is now a reality! The newly established Diaper Bank at the Food Bank of North Alabama will be the first for disposable diapers and wipes in our region. It will work to provide diapers and wipes to partner agencies across 11 area counties, greatly expanding the reach of our annual Diaper Drive.

How To Donate

Donations this year will fill the Diaper Bank’s warehouse shelves and be distributed to local agencies, including Manna House and Crisis Services.

The Great Diaper Drive 2016 runs Monday, Sept. 19 through Thursday, Sept. 30.

During that time, you can donate new packages of diapers or wipes at any of the following Walmart locations:

  • 8650 Madison Blvd. Madison, AL 35758
  • 11610 Memorial Pkwy SW Huntsville, AL 35803
  • 2200 Sparkman Dr. NW Huntsville, AL 35810
  • 330 Sutton Rd. SE Owens Cross Roads, AL 35763
  • 6140A University Dr. Huntsville, AL 35806
  • 3031 Memorial Pkwy SW Huntsville, AL 35801
  • 8580 Hwy 72 W. Madison, AL 35758
  • 14595 Hwy 231/431 N. Hazel Green, AL 35750
  • 2165 Winchester Rd. NE Huntsville, AL 35811

ALL SIZES ARE NEEDED! Overnight diapers and pull-ups for older children are also always in high demand. 

Looking for a faster way to give? Donate online through the Food Bank of North Alabama’s website.

Have Some Fun

It’s not too late to plan and host your own diaper shower benefiting The Great Diaper Drive. You can host a shower at the office, home, church… or wherever your friends gather. Need inspiration? Checkout our downloadable invitations, customizable poster, and social media evites for Twitter,Facebook & Instagram. Click here for more great ideas!

After the party, save what you’ve collected and bring it to our big “Blitz Day” on Thursday, Sept. 29th! We’ll be live from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Walmart at 8650 Madison Blvd. in Madison and we look forward to seeing you that day.

What About Cloth?

Cloth diapers are a terrific option for many parents; reducing environmental impact and providing a tremendous cost-saving potential. Unfortunately, they are not for everyone. Many low-income parents juggle two jobs, limiting the time they can commit to a cloth regimen. Others lack access to a washer/drier or a stable home environment. Perhaps the biggest need though, stems from daycare policies. Most will only accept disposables.

That said, if you’d prefer to give cloth diapers during The Great Diaper Drive, we’d love to have them! All cloth diapers collected for 2016 will be given to the North Alabama Cloth Diaper Bank.

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