The Diaper Project at A Place To Turn experienced rapid growth in 2016. We distributed 75,705 diapers to 905 families.
Thirty organizations hosted diaper drives. Many thanks to the individuals who donated diapers to their faith-based organizations, donated their birthday party and baby shower gifts of diapers, and the many who anonymously dropped off diapers at A Place To Turn. We are grateful for financial contributions from organizations and individuals that enabled us to purchase diapers and wipes!
Many thanks for your contributions Amazing Things Arts Center, the Congregational Churches of Grace, Edwards and Plymouth, Lutheran Church of Framingham, First Parish in Framingham, Christ Lutheran Church of Natick, Temple Beth Am of Framingham, Myrtle Baptist Church in Newton, Metrowest Brits, Mutual One Bank and Family Services Coalition. We are also grateful to Appleseeds Daycare, St Bridget School, Marian High School, Brophy Elementary School in Framingham, Metrowest YMCA ChildWatch, Learning Zone of Framingham, Plymouth House Nursery School of Framingham, Planet Gymnastics, Gardengate Academy of Natick, Happy Hollow School of Framingham, Wellesley Cooperative Nursery of Natick, Dover Mothers Association, Dover Nursery School, FACE Children’s Center, Next Generation Children’s Center in Natick, Kiddie Lodge in Framingham, Bright Horizons at Natick, Circle of Friends, Wellesley Nursery School, Kidville Enrichment Center in Wellesley, Children’s Way Preschool, and Longfellow Sports Club Children’s Program in Natick.
Our focus in 2016 was to increase the number of diaper drives and to provide information to parents and families about the diaper need in the community. We called all area preschools and childcare centers, provided guidance to those agreeing to host a drive and information about diaper need to distribute by email, in a newsletter, and/or handout to the parents. We had a booth at the Framingham Common Friday music concerts and distributed information about The Diaper Project to attendees and also outreached participating organizations to host diaper drives. We promoted our organization at the Framingham Community Partners quarterly meetings whose membership includes numerous nonprofit organizations.
A Place To Turn distributed our information at the New Balance Employee Volunteer Fair. A Place To Turn Facebook page has included information about The Diaper Project and inspired many diaper donations directly to the food pantry. Our partnership with Mass Bay Community College has continued. Their students participated in a diaper drive and one student outreached her church to collect diapers which were all delivered in January 2017. The Framingham WIC office continues to be a referral source for families needing diapers. A unique challenge has been to distribute diapers quickly each month to ensure adequate storage space for incoming donations.
We are grateful for the support we continue to receive from individuals and organizations to help ensure babies are clean, dry, and healthy.