The Bottoms Up Diaper Bank is gearing up for its second diaper drive during the weekend of Oct. 7-8.
Diapers cost a family on average between $70 and $80 per month and cannot be purchased with WIC (Women’s Infants and Children) or Bridge cards (formerly known as food stamps). The Bottoms Up Diaper Bank was formed in November of 2015 to address the need of struggling families and provide diapers for qualified, low-income families.
Parents may miss work if they can’t provide the extra diapers required for daycare. Cloth diapers are another option, however many families don’t have their own washers and dryers, and not all Laundromats allow diapers to be washed in their machines. The goal of Bottoms Up is to ensure that parents have enough disposable diapers for their child to be in a daycare program when needed.
During the 2016 drive, more than 10,000 diapers were collected and delivered to Fish and Loaves, a 501(c)3 food pantry that services the communities of Allen Park, Brownstown Township, Dearborn Heights, Romulus, Southgate, Taylor and Woodhaven. Thanks to the generosity and support of volunteers and local churches, the Bottoms Up Diaper Bank has collected more than 225,590 diapers since November 2015, a spokesperson for the organization said.
The Kroger store on Grosse Ile and the Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church will be the collection points for diapers during the drive. Monetary donations can be mailed to the Grosse Ile Presbyterian Church, 7925 Horsemill Road, Grosse Ile, MI 48138. Checks should be made out to GIPC “Bottoms Up” Diaper Bank.
For more information, visit the Bottoms Up Diaper Bank Grosse Ile, MI Facebook page.