Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank to Distribute Donated Diapers on Feb. 7 to Local Families Impacted by Recent Government Shutdown

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DETROIT, February 1, 2019—while the partial government shutdown ended a week ago, many federal workers and their families in the Detroit area are struggling to pay for basic necessities, like diapers for their children. One local nonprofit is stepping in to help.

On Thursday, February 7th the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank will offer free packages of diapers to families affected by the government shutdown, including federal contractors and service workers, at 6 Pop Up distribution locations in Detroit. The diapers will be available at the following locations:

• Mathis Community Center, 19300 Greenfield, Detroit 48235, 12 noon to 5 pm
• Allen Temple CME Church, 9245 Kercheval, Detroit 48214, 5 pm – 7 pm
• Macomb County Resource Center, 196 N. Rose Street, Mt Clemens 48043, 10 am – 2 pm
• DABO, 12048 Grand River, Detroit 48204
• Crofoot Ballroom, 1 S. Saginaw St., Pontiac 48342, 2 pm – 4 pm

Federal workers must bring a government work ID and a birth certificate or shot record for each child needing diapers. For each child parents will receive 100 disposable diapers free of charge. Adult incontinence supplies are available upon request also. Please, email size and location to info@detroitdiaperbank.org or call 313-356-6470 and leave a message.

“We know that many families in our community are unable to afford basic necessities, which is why we offer help to those experiencing diaper need throughout the year. All babies deserve clean diapers, and we’re fortunate to be able to offer this support to federal workers and their families,” said Veronica Claybrone, executive director of Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank.

One in three U.S. families experiences diaper need, which is the lack of enough diapers to keep a baby or toddler clean, dry, and healthy. Diaper need impacts the physical, emotional, and economic well-being of children and families.

Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank relies on ongoing community support to be able to help families in diaper need. Those able to help are encouraged to make a financial contribution at detroitdiaperbank.com or visit the diaper bank’s Amazon Wish List to purchase diapers for delivery to the organization’s warehouse.

For those unable to attend the Pop-Up event, an appointment can be made for a later date by emailing:
claybrone@gmail.com or calling 313-356-6470.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: Aug. 16, 2016

Detroit, MIMetro Detroit Diaper Bank is pleased to announce a $5,000 grant from Aetna aimed at increasing support for low income families of children, youth and seniors in need of diapers. This funding will help parents and care givers provide a clean dry diaper for their children and/ or senior. “These funds will significantly increase our capacity and ability to provide a critical resource and education to low income families who may face unique challenges caring for a child or senior that requires diapers. To have Aetna support us in these endeavors is greatly appreciated,” said Veronica Claybrone, Founder and Director of the Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Banks.

Millions of families struggle every day to provide an adequate supply of diapers for their children and/or seniors and that is unacceptable. Small things, diapers, affect big things, including a family’s physical, mental and economic wellbeing. Diapers matter. And, for families in need, diaper banks frequently provide the only resources available to help moms, dads, grandparents and others obtain clean diapers needed to keep a child or a senior healthy.

Government assistance programs—such as food stamps and WIC—do not provide funding for diapers, a basic necessity for babies. There are currently millions of infants and toddlers living in low-income families, many of whom their parents face a daily struggle to secure a necessary supply of diapers.

The Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank and its partners help address diaper need by collecting, storing and distributing free diapers to families experiencing financial hardship. The Metropolitan Detroit Bank obtains diapers through local diaper drives, in-kind donations by manufacturers and retailers, and by the bulk purchase of diapers directly with donated funds.

“We are so pleased to support The Metro Detroit Diaper Bank and all the children and families their work will help,” said Beverly Allen, Chief Executive Officer of Aetna Better Health of Michigan. “We are proud to provides access to health care services for Medicaid recipients in Michigan. We are committed to work with the community, our members, our provider partners, the State, and nonprofits like the Metro Detroit Diaper Bank, to improve access to care, quality of care, positive member experiences and affordability of care.”