So far this year, Baby Booties Diaper Bank, a local nonprofit co-founded by Collin County-area residents Helen Hutton and Emily Padalino, has distributed over 80,000 diapers and 100,000 wipes to hundreds of local families in need.
At that pace, it will surpass its 2014 yearly total of 130,000 diapers before the end of summer. Baby Booties is averaging 3,500 to 4,000 diapers to 50 babies a week, helping close to 200 different local families each month.
Since the nonprofit relies fully on donations, it is imperative to secure more recurring monthly donors to keep up with the growing need – it hasn’t added a recurring monthly donor since January, according to Hutton.
Having consistent, predictable monthly resources allows Baby Booties to purchase its diapers in bulk at the most affordable cost per diaper. It also encourages and is extremely appreciative of community diaper drives at local schools, churches, businesses and birthday parties, Hutton said.
Due to lack of financial support and limited in-kind donations, the diaper bank has been forced to reduce the number of diapers each family receives monthly.
“Setting up a recurring donation is fast, easy and secure, and donors may choose any monetary amount to be deducted each month,” she said in an email.
Baby Booties has partnered with Eden's Door, an online boutique, and its owner Libby Hertzberg, a Baby Booties supporter, in a fashionable fundraising event. Individuals may purchase a Ya'll Texas trucker hat here, and all the proceeds go directly to Baby Booties.
“Set up a recurring donations [or] host a diaper drive … and you'll be making a difference in the life of a child,” Hutton said. “Just taking a small weight off the shoulders of a single mother, foster parent or struggling family can have an eternal impact. Diapers matter. Families matter.”
Visit babybootiesdiaperbank.org to contribute, become a recurring donor, and for more information.