METRO DETROIT, MICH. (August 1, 2013) – The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charity providing diapers for people in need across Southeast Michigan, has launched its 5th Annual Fall Diaper Drive. The goal of the drive is to collect 250,000 diapers (or the funds to buy them) by Thanksgiving 2013.
No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, SNAP (Food Stamps) or Medicare. Nonprofit organizations and state agencies working with families and individuals in crisis across Metro Detroit consistently list diapers as an ongoing and TOP need. The Diaper Bank partners with these organizations, working to give them access to an ongoing diaper supply and increasing their capacity to more fully support our neighbors in need.
An average infant can use up to 12 diapers per day, a toddler up to 8 per day. But in low-income households, a baby may be in a single diaper all day or longer, increasing the chance of health problems and putting the child at risk for abuse. Parents who can’t afford diapers can’t leave their child at daycare to go to work or school. Some children with disabilities never outgrow the need for diapers and seniors who can’t afford incontinence supplies often become home-bound or end up in a nursing home.
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank exists to address this largely unknown and chronically unmet need. The Annual Fall Diaper Drive helps drive donations into the Diaper Bank so it can fulfill more of its partner agencies’ families’ needs throughout the winter holidays and into the start of the new year, a time when donations tend to slow down.
“Our primary goal for the ‘250,000 by Thanksgiving’ Diaper Drive is, of course, to bring in resources that we can distribute to our partner agencies working with our neighbors in need. But we also hope it helps raise awareness of the diaper issue and engage the community in our mission. We are always in need of individuals, businesses, schools, community organizations and places of worship to run diaper drives and fundraisers to support the Diaper Bank, whether it’s before Thanksgiving or not,” said Marybeth Levine, Founder and Director of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank. “The diapers go out just as quickly as they come in, so we are looking for year-round partnerships and support to help us really make a difference with diapers.”
The Diaper Bank calls upon the community to engage in this effort throughout the fall and conduct a diaper drive or make a financial donation to help reach the overall 250,000 diaper goal. The drive’s anchor event, “Stuff the Truck!” at Canton Public Library, will be held November 20th & 21st from 9am to 9pm each day.
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank’s mission is to raise awareness about the large hole in the “safety net” resulting in the unmet need for diapers in our community’s most vulnerable populations — babies from low-income households, the elderly, people with disabilities — and build a network to help meet it. For more information, please visit www.detroitareadiaperbank.org.
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CANTON, MICH. (October 14, 2010) – The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charity providing diapers for people in need in Southeast Michigan, announced today that it has been awarded a $5,000.00 grant as part of the Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge. The Detroit Area Diaper Bank received the award at a reception held by Art Van Furniture to recognize the Diaper Bank’s important work in the community.
Art Van Furniture is supporting Michigan-based children, health and human services programs for the second year in a row by providing $1 million to fund 50 grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Nearly 600 organizations applied to receive these grants.
In addition, the public will be able to decide which of the 50 charities will be awarded additional money by voting for them online at http://www.artvancharitychallenge.com. Members of the public can cast one vote for a charity each day through October 30th. The charity with the most votes on October 31st will receive an additional grand prize of $25,000.
In an effort to encourage philanthropic giving and community support, Art Van Furniture designed the grants as ‘challenge grants’ in order to encourage others to donate and maximize fundraising opportunities. The participating organizations are Michigan-based 501(c)3 non-profits who focus on children, health and human services programs.
“We are honored to be selected for this grant by Art Van Furniture, and our hope is that this grant will be matched by other donations from our local community,” said Marybeth Levine, Executive Director and Founder of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank. “In these challenging economic times, Art Van is a shining example of leadership and support for our community. Their financial support is just one part of their assistance to us; their friendship, recognition and encouragement is also a great help to all our volunteers and other donors. We are extremely grateful.”
“The Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge benefits 50 remarkable and deserving organizations to help them continue their outstanding work and improve the lives of people across our state,” said Art Van Elslander, Founder and Chairman of Art Van Furniture. “As I’ve said before, it’s easy to make a buck, it’s a lot harder to make a difference. I hope everyone joins us in helping make a difference for these 50 charities and for the state of Michigan.”
About The Detroit Area Diaper Bank
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank’s mission since its founding in April 2009 has been to raise awareness about the large hole in the “safety net” resulting in the unmet need for diapers in our community’s most vulnerable populations — babies from low-income households, the elderly and people with disabilities — and build a network to help meet it. No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, not Food Stamps or Medicare. Nonprofit organizations and state agencies working with families and individuals in crisis consistently list diapers as an ongoing and TOP need. For more information, please visit www.detroitareadiaperbank.org.
About Art Van Furniture
Art Van Furniture is Michigan’s largest furniture retailer and America’s largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 34 stores in 33 communities throughout Michigan, a full service e-commerce website, plus three freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Canton, Troy and Rochester Hills, Michigan. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Mich. For more information, please visit www.artvan.com.
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