This last couple of weeks were time for an accounting for the Diaper Bank. I wanted to take a few moments to update you and let you know how your donations were used to help families in Dallas County!
In 2016 The Haven Diaper Bank helped 33 families and 5 foster parent families and gave out over 1900 diapers and over 65 packages of wipes. We also gave out 11 Newborn Kits which included diapers, an outfit, hat, socks, new testament, book, blanket and a variety of other newborn necessities. The majority of the diapers went out during the last 3 months of 2016.
In the 2 weeks following Christmas we had a significant jump in diaper need including several new clients. The expectation for 2017 is to hand out at least 2500 diapers, wipes and pull ups.
This year we have a better idea of some of our other needs as well. In order to keep The Haven open and to be able to help families with diapers and our other services we have to have monetary donations. We are looking for Monthly Giving Partners as well as the diapers.
Our budget is modest and available upon request. We need roughly $10,000 over the course of the year in order to keep the lights on, the door open, and to have a place to keep the diapers and meet with families. All donations go directly to the budget and no money goes to an individual or for salaries. Our budget is strictly basic budget needs, rent, utilities, office equipment, and the like.
We are also in need of shelves to keep the diapers on. We have some but we definitely need a few more. The sturdy shelves we have are really great and if you are interested in purchasing some let me know and we can let you know what we need.
Once we get the diapers in we will really need volunteers to sort and repackage the diapers into the appropriate package sizes and take them upstairs in into the storage area.
This is the only time during the year where we comet to you and ask you for diapers. We don’t want to drive you crazy all year long so we focus on this one major collection event. Hopefully you will consider picking up a package of diapers and wipes the next time you walk through Wal-Mart or the Dollar Store. Even better, consider becoming a monthly giving partner to help us meet our budget needs. Whichever you consider, please keep The Haven in mind.