It’s Diaper Needs Awareness Week: Here’s how you can help
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Sarah Erickson
National Diaper Needs Awareness Week runs through Oct. 3, and one local mom and teacher is getting the word out.
Bottoms Up Diaper Bank, which serves West Alabama, was created in 2016 by Danielle Edison. Her mission is simple: Provide families with basic needs.
Edison said she found inspiration for Bottoms Up when she faced the very struggle she’s ensuring no one else goes through.
“Diapers are basic needs for babies just as food, water, air and shelter are for us,” Edison said. “One in 3 families suffer from diaper needs. That it hits close to home because I was that 1 in 3.”
Babies use more diapers than many people think. Newborns will go through eight to 12 a day, and that adds up to around 3,000 diapers over the first year.
Bottoms Up is always seeking donations, and there are several ways you can help. The nonprofit accepts donations via PayPal and CashApp, or you can purchase diapers and other needed items from their Amazon Wishlist.
If you are local, you can donate diapers to one of several drop-off locations in Tuscaloosa or Eutaw:
- Woman to Woman, Inc., 214 Prairie Ave. in Eutaw
- T&C Sno Biz, 503 Greensboro St. in Eutaw
- Greene County Sheriff’s Office, 400 Morrow Ave. in Eutaw
- Greene County Parks and Recreation, (307 Wilson Ave. in Eutaw
- Gries, Shaw, & Willingham, P.C. 315 Main St. in Eutaw
- New Life Baptist Church, 5201 Jug Factory Rd. in Tuscaloosa
- Lanier Automotive, 246 Skyland Blvd. E. in Tuscaloosa
- The Lab 1924 13th St. E. in Tuscaloosa
- Stepping Stones Learning Academy, 6614 U.S. Highway 69 S. in Tuscaloosa
- Forest Lake United Methodist Church 1711 Fourth Ave. in Tuscaloosa
- YMCA of Tuscaloosa-Benjamin Barnes Branch, 2939 18th St. in Tuscaloosa