Maybe you should! Last year, 26 Junior Leagues donated more than 226,000 disposable diapers in the first year of Kimberly-Clark’s Huggies® Every Little Bottom program, which has received commitments for more than 60 million diapers from individuals and nonprofit organizations, including The Junior League, for donation to babies and moms in need in North America.
While this year is still young, some Leagues are already hard at work.
The Junior League of Central Westchester began last fall with a goal to collect 2,000 diapers but has already donated 55,000 to Family Services of Westchester. The total included 15,000 diapers collected by the JLCW and a donation of 40,000 from Huggies.
The Junior League of Boca Raton has distributed over 70,000 diapers and helped to diaper over 1000 babies since August 2011 thanks to the generosity of sponsor, Rosemurgy Properties, who donated our storage space for the 210,000 diapers donated by the National Diaper Bank Network and their founding sponsor, Huggies! JLBR had a diaper drive in partnership with a local private school, Gulf Stream School, which collected over 4500 diapers as part of an 8th grade class project. Another bonus: Using a baby shower for the League’s VP of Community as a collection event that generated over 1000 diapers!
With a goal of collecting 15,000 diapers this spring, and led primarily by its newest volunteer class, the Junior League of Pittsburgh collected diaper donations so quickly they decided to increase their goal to collecting 20,000. Following the success of its “Bottoms Up” fundraiser, the League’s second event, in collaboration with the Pittsburgh Food Bank, will be “Hockey for Huggies” and held during a Pittsburgh Penguins game. Now about 1,000 diapers away from their goal they are already looking forward to mounting another diaper collection drive in the coming year.
After its fall drive netted 7,000 diapers for a local diaper bank, the Blue Ridge Care Connection for Children (affiliated with the University of Virginia Pediatrics Clinic), the Junior League of Charlottesville is now gearing up for its spring drive.
Because the Junior League of Tacoma’s collection benefits a local food bank, it is also soliciting formula, baby food and other baby-care products from League members as well as friends, family and coworkers. So not only did JLT collect 3,675 diapers, the donations included more than 2,000 wipes packages, 32 canisters of formula and 205 food items.
The Junior League of York has collected 2,706 diapers so far, but is recruiting community partners to ensure the ongoing drive’s continued success. With no diaper bank in the York County area, JLY asked the Catholic Harvest Food Pantry to take on that role. JLY is also working with several Girl Scout troops that have taken on the diaper drive as a service project, and a local Boy Scout has expressed interest in designing and building a “diaper supply cabinet” as his service project (currently the diapers are stored on a shelf in the Executive Director’s office).
Here is the list of participating Junior Leagues in the second year of the campaign: Edmonton, Rockford, Douglas County, Columbus, Cobb-Marietta, Central Westchester, Saginaw Valley, Durham and Orange Counties, Kane & DuPage Counties, Northern Virginia, Summit, Lansing, Greater Springfield, Greater Princeton, Dayton, Colorado Springs, Boca Raton, Annapolis, Evanston North Shore, Stamford-Norwalk, South Brevard, Los Angeles, Fairmont, Spartanburg, Elizabeth-Plainfield, Bergen County, and Pittsburgh.
For information on how your League can participate in the Huggies® Every Little Bottom program, go to EveryLittleBottom.com.
Is your League doing great work this spring on its diaper drive? Post a snapshot on the AJLI Facebook page!