Annual Stuff the Bus diaper drive to kick off Sept. 20

FROM STAFF REPORTS

Diapers are an expensive necessity. One in three families struggle with “diaper need” or the inability to provide enough diapers to keep their baby clean and dry.

Since 2015, Bundles of Hope is the only non-profit solely focused on consistently and reliably meeting this basic need in the community.

The organization distributes around 38,000 diapers each month by partnering with over 30 local organizations which include but are not limited to food pantries, churches, shelters, foster associations, health care providers and women’s centers.

The Fifth Annual Stuff the Bus Diaper Drive will be located on U.S. 280 on the gravel easement below the Target Shopping Center with kick-off to the 10-day drive taking place at 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20.

This event will run in conjunction with Diaper Need Awareness Week, proclaimed by Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin. The goal is to fill the bus with 300,000 diapers and bring awareness to this often overlooked basic need.

Around 30 diaper drives will be coordinated throughout the community (hosted by local cities, businesses, schools and churches).

There will be a bounce house as well as additional family fun activities throughout the week. Bundles of Hope accepts diapers in new as well as opened packages, and the most needed sizes are 4, 5, 6, and pull-ups.

Bundles of Hope is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that relies solely on community support through diaper drives and monetary donations to provide a week’s supplement of diapers per child to struggling families.

As a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, Bundles of Hope is able to purchase diapers at a reduced cost and have them shipped to their warehouse located within Christian Service Mission where all their diapers are bundled and stored.