HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) — Thursday was the Great Diaper Drive’s Blitz Day – and News 19’s viewers did not disappoint!
The final figures show News 19 raised 58,993 diapers and wipes!
While donation bins at Walmart aren’t open after Friday, November 11, donations are still accepted at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) through November 29. Keep reading to see how else you can donate!
The Great Diaper Drive is a way everyone can help the littlest (and most vulnerable) members of our community, as some families are forced to make horrible decisions between rent, paying the light bill, feeding the family or a clean diaper for their child.
Diapers and wipes are getting more expensive by the day. Local store-brand diapers cost between 15 and 16 cents per diaper. A newborn can use up to 12 diapers a day – and that adds up.
News 19’s goal for 2022 is to raise 175,000 diapers – to help families right here in the Tennessee Valley.
Donations to the Great Diaper Drive benefit the Food Bank of North Alabama Diaper Bank.
Blitz Day 2022
Great Diaper Drive Blitz Day kicked off bright and early at 6 a.m. at the Walmart on Madison Boulevard. Our ‘leaders’ of the Diaper Drive, News 19’s Kelley Smith and Lauren Layton, will be out all day collecting diapers, playing some games and getting to meet some of our viewers!
They will be joined by other familiar faces like Anchor Christine Killimayer and The Weather Authority. We will also have special guests from the Huntsville Havoc!!
Around 10 a.m., we got an amazing surprise from one local family who said their 4-year-old daughter asked for diapers instead of presents for her birthday this year. (I mean, how sweet can it get!!) They brought in a full truckload of diapers!! More to come on this amazing act of kindness.
If you can’t come out to join us in Madison, we have plenty of other locations to donate diapers as well as ways to donate online. Read more below.
It Starts With You!
You can donate diapers at participating Walmarts all across North Alabama through November 11.
You can donate any size of diapers – boxes, plastic packs, cloth, adult, brands, etc. We can take ’em all! We can also take open boxes of diapers! Kiddos grow fast so if you have extras, those can also be donated.
Where Can We Drop Off Diapers?
Multiple Walmart locations across North Alabama are participating in the Great Diaper Drive – for a full list, click here.
There will be diaper bags and donation bins set up near the front of their store. A Walmart diaper bag is a bag full of diapers and wipes at different price points.
If you’re dropping off an “open box” of diapers, please tape up the box and drop off in any of the Walmart bins or, bring it to us on Blitz Day at the Walmart on Madison Blvd.
We also have a downtown Huntsville location at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau. Their downtown location is at 500 Church Street, Suite 1.
Some Ways You Can Collect Donations:
- If you want to avoid all the planning – how about a ‘virtual’ diaper shower? You can set up a diaper shower online for the Food Bank of North Alabama. It is easy to do on Walmart’s website and on Amazon.
- You can have the diaper donations shipped to the Food Bank of North Alabama, at 2000 Vernon Avenue SW Huntsville, AL 35805.
- Host a Bake Sale or Chili Cook-Off! Get the office together and help make a difference with a sweet treat or yummy chili!
- Each person who wants to partake in the yummy foods needs to donate a pack or box of diapers!
If you would rather make monetary donations instead, we got you covered for that too!
- TEXT “DIAPER” to 256-559-3299
- Or scan our QR code below
- Or donate through the online portal here
Whatever the circumstance – our babies deserve a clean diaper. We hope you will join us in helping the babies during the Great Diaper Drive.
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