Bundles of Hope has a goal. It’s trying to collect at least 350,000 diapers during its sixth annual Stuff the Bus event, set for Sept. 18-27.
According to officials with Bundles of Hope, a member of the National Diaper Bank Network, diapers are an expensive necessity, and 1 in 3 families struggles to provide enough to keep their baby properly clean and dry.
“During the pandemic, we have seen need increase by 300% and didn’t close for a single day, distributing up to 100,000 diapers each month during the shutdown,” Executive Director Lindsay Gray said in a release.
Diapers are not covered by any government programs – such as SNAP or WIC – so the cost rests solely on parents. More than 14,500 children under the age of 5 in the Birmingham area live in poverty, as does 29% of the Birmingham community overall.
The organization was founded in 2015 and has since distributed more than 2.2 million diapers at no cost to parents in need
Sponsored by Medical Properties Trust, a kickoff celebration for the 10-day event will take place on the gravel easement below the Target shopping center on U.S. 280 beginning at 6 p.m. on Sept. 18.
“We are coordinating around 130 diaper drives throughout the community, hosted by local groups, businesses, neighborhoods and churches,” Gray said. “The event will be held in a drive-thru format this year to practice safe distancing.”
The organization will accept new and opened packages, and the sizes most needed are 4, 5 and 6. Pull-ups and wipes also are greatly needed.
For more information, visit bundlesdiaperbank.org.