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Our belated THANKFUL post

December 4, 2011
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What an amazing fall we’ve had – I’m late in posting this to our blog, but we did send out a THANKFUL newsletter right after Thanksgiving – our post is below:

We are THANKFUL!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

We hope you had a wonderful holiday.  Inspired by the theme of the day, we’re sharing our recent updates through expressions of gratitude:

We’re THANKFUL that we not only met but EXCEEDED our big fall Diaper Drive goal! We challenged the community to help us collect 200,000 by Thanksgiving to help our neighbors in need, and you MORE than stepped up – thank you!! 

We’re THANKFUL for all of the donors and all the individuals and organizations that have run diaper drives to help us reach our goal and/or participated in fundraisers. THANK YOU for your engagement and support! We can’t make a difference with diapers without your help!

We’re THANKFUL to the Canton Public Library for hosting another phenomenally successful anchor event to our fall diaper drive, “Stuff the Truck!” on November 16 & 17. THANK YOU to Library Director Eva Davis, Marketing Director Laurie Golden, and EVERYONE at CPL. THANK YOU to Dave and Steve Hulett, owners of Fat Chef in a Little Coat Catering, who loaned us their truck for two days. THANK YOU to the ALL the volunteers who came out and helped in the wind and the cold. And most importantly, THANK YOU to all of the donors who helped us collect an amazing 30,813 diapers in just TWO days! The Library’s photo album of the event can be seen here

We’re THANKFUL for our larger diaper storage space, donated by Extra Space Storage in Canton! We’ve already outgrown the space Extra Space donated to us last year, and they were generous enough to offer us a larger unit – such a great community partner!

We’re THANKFUL to have been one of the 12 stops on Huggies’ “12 Days of Thanks” cross-country tour. On November 21st, The Detroit Area Diaper Bank received 250,000 diapers from Huggies! We had a huge distribution the same morning as the donation, sending 36 of our nonprofit partner agencies off with most of the 250K diapers. Seeing the partner response and how much need we’re serving in Metro Detroit, Huggies is donating ANOTHER 182,000 diapers to The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, to be received and distributed in early December! Pictures from the big donation/distribution last week can be seen here. And a HUGE THANK YOU to MSA Delivery Service in Canton for making the donation and distribution possible with their facility, equipment, staff and generosity!

We’re THANKFUL for some great recent press coverage, including several front-page articles in the Observer, like this one about the Fall Diaper Drive and this one about the Huggies donation.

We’re THANKFUL that because of your donations and support, we’re able to help our neighbors, like Maggie.

We’re THANKFUL to everyone supporting the Diaper Bank through their everyday shopping at Kroger and through GoodShop. It adds up and really makes a difference for us!

We’re THANKFUL for your encouragement, engagement, support and help in building our community diaper bank and making a difference with diapers in Metro Detroit!  THANK YOU!

And now that we’re past Thanksgiving, we can officially start saying Happy Holidays!

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The Diaper Bank by the Numbers: Growing into a regional resource

May 2, 2011
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An update on the Detroit Area Diaper Bank by the numbers:

In April 2010, the Diaper Bank distributed 16,175 diapers to organizations in two counties (Wayne, Oakland).

In April 2011, the Diaper Bank distributed 30,259 diapers to organizations in five counties (Macomb, Monroe, Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne).

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is growing into a truly regional resource and we thank our donors and supporters for helping us reach more of our Southeast Michigan neighbors in need!


Detroit Area Diaper Bank: Distribution trends in 2009 and 2010

January 24, 2011
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All of the legacy diaper distributions in 2009 and the beginning of 2010 have been input to the database built for us at Ann Arbor Give Camp 2010, completing the data store for our first 20 months of operation and allowing some intial basic data compilation to begin. The pie charts below show the growth of DADB, both in number of diapers distributed and the number of counties we’re reaching into; it will be so interesting to watch these numbers grow and change over the years.

The 2009 graph below shows that from our very first diaper donation on April 27, 2009 through December 31st of that year, we distributed a total of 83,009 diapers. 73,866, or 89%, went to nonprofit charities and state agencies in Wayne County; 9,143, or 11%, went to organizations in Oakland County.

Diaper Distribution April 27, 2009 - Dec 31, 2009

This 2010 chart shows the continuation of our growth and beginnings of expansion into other areas: of 243,543 total diapers distributed over the course of the full 12 months of 2010, 189,944, or 78%, of the diapers were distributed to Wayne County nonprofit partners. 30,284 (12%) went into Oakland County, 15,985 (7%) went into Washtenaw County, 4,003 (2%) went into Macomb, and 3,327 (1%) to Monroe County organizations.

Diaper Disbursements Jan 1 2010 - Dec 31 2010

Combined, we can see our total impact and reach from April 27, 2009 through December 31, 2010: 326,552 diapers distributed; 263,810 (81%) in Wayne County, 39,427 (12%) in Oakland County, 15,985 (5%) in Washtenaw County, 4,003 (1%) in Macomb County and 3,327 (1%) in Monroe County.

Total Diaper Distribution April 27, 2009 - December 31, 2010
We look forward to continuing to collect and track this data as we work to grow into a truly regional community resource in Southeast Michigan.


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The Detroit Area Diaper Bank was a 501c3 charity that provided diapers to nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan from 2009-2014. No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare. Diapers are a huge hole in the "safety net" for our youngest and oldest neighbors in need. Please continue to donate and make a difference with diapers in Metro Detroit!

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