Way back in 2013, Rocket City Mom started a community initiative we called The Great Diaper Drive. The idea was to get together with a bunch of our friends, throw a party, and collect diapers for local babies in need. Now it’s over hundreds of thousands of diapers & wipes later and we’re getting ready for the 5th year of the Great Diaper Drive!
Our goal this year is to collect at least 100,000 diapers by October 19th.
We can’t do it without your help, and we have a favor to ask.
Can You Throw a Diaper Shower?
That’s right. We’re asking all the people we work with and all the parents that visit this website regularly to help us collect diapers now through October 19th.
WHO Can Host a Diaper Shower?
- Your Department at work
- Your Small Business
- MOMS Groups
- Sunday School Classes
- Scout Groups
- Neighborhood HOAs
- Theatre Groups
- Sports Teams
- Student Clubs
- Second Baby Showers
- Birthday Parties
- Your Immediate Family
Want to see how a few local businesses are throwing a diaper shower?
How Businesses Can Help
Rocket Republic Brewing Company is hosting “Diapers & Drafts” this Saturday, and you’re invited! This kid-friendly taproom will be collecting diapers & wipes from thirsty visitors, and are even providing a special beer named for the occasion! Toybox Bistro will be serving up food, and your friends from RCM will be there for some games & activities.
Stand Up Live! Huntsville is waiving the cost of tickets to their Hal Sparks show this weekend – all you need to do is donate a pack of diapers when you go to one of these shows: Thursday, September 14th at 7pm or on Friday the 15th at 7pm or 9:15pm!
Elizabeth Golden of @Homes Realty wanted to throw a co-worker a baby shower for her second child. Instead of repeat gifts for the mom-to-be, her staff brought in packs of diapers to donate to The Great Diaper Drive in the mom’s name. (Thank you, Jenni Wood!)
Morris Lilienthal knew he wanted his law firm at Martinson Martinson & Beason, P.C. to participate in the Great Diaper Drive this year, and is collecting diapers from co-workers and clients at his office in downtown Huntsville. The firm is including info about the drive in their email newsletter and on social media to help spread the word.
Huntsville’s hometown roller derby team, the Dixie Derby Girls, are collecting packs of diapers and wipes from team members and fans and rolling over to deliver them on Diaper Blitz Day October 19th.
How YOU Can Host a Diaper Shower
There are a thousand different ways to do it, but here are some ideas to get you started! We’ve even got a Diaper Shower Party Kit that includes blank shower invitations and posters to help you invite all your friends! Be sure to check out our Great Diaper Drive Pinterest board for more fun shower things.
Smells Like Team Spirit
Divide your group into teams named after their favorite sports teams. See who can collect the most diapers in your team’s name! Alabama vs Auburn, Army vs Navy, Tennessee vs Vandy… Who’s team will reign supreme by October 19th in the Great Diaper Bowl?
Family Dinner Shower
Do you get together for Sunday Suppers or regular family dinners with aunts, uncles, and grandparents? Ask them to bring a pack of diapers or wipes to dinner and see how tall you can make your family’s diaper tower!
Sunday School or Scout Shower
Have a competition to see how many diapers and wipes your church group or Scout Troop can collect from now until October 19th. The winning group gets a pizza party!
Playgroup Picnic at the Park
Invite your playgroup to have a picnic in the park and ask them to bring all the extra diapers your baby has grown out of this year. We do accept individual and open packs of diapers as donations! We also accept Pullups and Swimmies.
Diaper Blitz Day Details
After you’ve thrown a shower and collected tons of diapers, we want to recognize your hard work! Deliver them all on Diaper Blitz Day Thursday, October 19th. WHNT will be doing a live remote all day at the Walmart Supercenter in Madison, and we’ll be getting the final count for all diapers collected from 6AM – 6PM.
For families without enough money, running out of diapers is more than an inconvenience. Everyone knows that dirty diapers lead to painful rashes and, if untreated, serious infections, even hospitalization. Sick and hurting babies cry. Crying babies create stress, and added stress can lead to situations of domestic abuse and neglect. If all of that can be avoided with a clean diaper, it’s up to us to build and empower our Villages to provide them.