Spirit of Alabama: Need diapers? Bottoms Up is here for you
By WVUA 23 News Reporter Sarah Erickson
A local school teacher and mother of three is ensuring moms throughout West Alabama have the resources they need to keep their babies’ bottoms dry.
Diapers are a necessity for babies, but if you’re not involved with children you wouldn’t know how expensive they are — and how many babies need.
A newborn will go through as many as 12 diapers a day. Over a baby’s first year, they’ll use more than 2,000 diapers on average. Diapers cost an average of 25 cents per diaper, meaning a baby’s first year costs $500 in diapers alone.
That’s why Danielle Edison founded Bottoms Up Diaper Bank in 2016. Her inspiration? Herself.
“I was pregnant with my second child and found myself in need of assistance,” Edison said. “There was nothing in my area that catered to parents and working parents who were just above the income guideline level to receive any kind of public assistance.”
Her mission is simple: Providing families with the basic needs they may not afford otherwise.
“If you don’t have enough diapers for your baby, you can’t take your baby to school,” Edison said. “Then you can’t go to work and provide for your family.”
Diapers are just as necessary as food, water, air and shelter for babies, Edison said, and one in three families can’t afford them.
If you need help getting enough diapers, Bottoms Up can help. Learn more right here.
If you’re blessed enough to consider giving back, you can learn more about donating supplies or money to Bottoms up right here.