Why Diapers?

Diapers are an expensive necessity for anyone with an infant or toddler. They are not covered by any government program such as SNAP or WIC.  In Birmingham, there are more than 14,500 children under the age of five, and 29% of our community lives below the poverty line, which is $24,250 for a family of four. Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank desires to help all families experiencing “diaper need” due to financial hardship by providing them with diapers at no cost.

A lack of diapers can also affect childcare options. Many childcare facilities will not allow children to be dropped off without an adequate amount of disposable diapers for the day. A mother or father may have to stay home with their child instead of going to work or school limiting their resources even further.

Mission Statement

Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank seeks to provide an adequate and reliable supply of diapers to families experiencing financial hardship while engaging the community and raising awareness for diaper need.

History

In 2014, a group of women from Mountain Chapel United Methodist Church who were planning a baby shower for a single mother began discussing the high cost of diapers. One of the women mentioned she had a friend from college who started a diaper bank in the Washington DC area. The seed was planted in the hearts of Barrett Ford and Nancy Owen who began assessing “diaper need” in the Birmingham area. They began by contacting nearby food banks and churches as well as the United Way’s 2-1-1 Assistance and found that “diaper need” was in fact a reality for thousands of families in our area and yet there was nowhere for these families to turn for help.

Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank held their first diaper drive in October 2014 at Mountain Chapel UMC collecting over 3,500 diapers and gave away 2,300 of those diapers in December of that same year at Green Valley Baptist Church, a community Food Bank center. Within the first year of operation, Bundles of Hope distributed nearly 20,000 diapers to families in need. In September of 2015, Bundles partnered with Skip Bondur and Revolt Ministries Stuff the Bus where they stuffed a big yellow school bus with over 117,000 diapers! As of January 2017, Bundles distributes an average of 20,000 diapers each month.

Bundles of Hope Diaper Bank is an Alabama non-profit and 501(c)(3) nonprofit. If you would like information about possibly partnering with Bundles of Hope, please contact us at 205-607-2112 or by email at info@bundlesdiaperbank.org.

Who we are

Lindsay Gray
Executive Director
lindsaygray@bundlesdiaperbank.org

Allyson Lewis
Treasurer

Jessica McLean
Warehouse Manager

Heather Parrish
Volunteer Coordinator

Board of Directors

Tom Parrish, Board Chair

Lindsay Gray, Vice Chair

Nancy Owen, Co-Founder