Updated: Oct 13, 2021
Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or child clean, dry, and healthy. 1 in 3 families throughout the United States suffer from diaper need and that was before the pandemic started. This means that caregivers have to choose between buying food somedays or diapers. 35 states still hold an income tax on diapers, Florida included, and are exempt from government assistance through WIC and food stamps. Families spend on average $70 per month on diapers per child and hold the 4th highest expenditure after food, rent, and utilities.
Babycycle Diaper Bank is a nonprofit diaper bank located in Pinellas Park that serves women, children and families throughout the greater Tampa Bay Area. Babycycle is proudly part of the National Diaper Bank Network and Baby2Baby National Network.
Babycycle’s mission is for no child to go without diapers, wipes, and other essential items. They are volunteer-based and each month hold diaper distribution where the partner agencies they work with come to the warehouse and pick up their desired amount of diapers and wipes needed to distribute to the families served.
Babycycle also holds shop days twice a month, which allows these partner agencies they serve to go through gently used clothing, sort through other hygienic products, and take anything else they may feel these families need.
Babycycle Diaper Bank was founded in 2012 by Torrie Tiernan Jasuwan when her two young children started rapidly growing out of their baby and toddler things. She realized there was no place in her area to donate them to. Just last month Babycycle distributed 30,218 diapers to families throughout Tampa Bay! Babycycle is expecting this year to be one of their busiest years yet.
Ways You Can Support the Cause:
Babcycle has drop-off locations (www.babycyclefl.org), monetary donations(www.babycyclefl.org), Amazon Wishlist(https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2RPKYW49LRDQO/ref=nav_wishlist_lists_1?_encoding=UTF8&type=wishlist ), by shopping through AmazonSmile and choosing Babycycle Inc as your charity of choice.
Things to donate: Diapers in all sizes, wipes, and pull-ups; Formula (any brand) and/or baby food (unopened); Children’s clothing (new or gently used); Pack-n-plays/cribs/toddler beds (new or gently used); Diaper Bags (new or gently used); Strollers or baby carriers (new or gently used); Bath soap/shampoo; Baby and/or children’s blankets (new)
Each year Babycycle Diaper Bank holds their Annual Holiday Brunch and invites you to join or donate to their silent & live auction this year! For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org or click this link: Register to attend the brunch
A special thank you to Holly Lindberg for being our guest blogger.
Holly Lindberg is Babycycle Diaper Bank’s social media manager and coordinator. She is also a mom of two littles and has been raising her family in Tampa for the last 5 years.
Holly first got involved with Babycycle when Hurricane Dorian made its landfall in the Bahamas in 2019. Herself along with other Babycycle committee members, came together to get donations of essential supplies to make and send care kits to Dorians victims.