Help First, Business Second isn't something Bio-One of Asheville simply claims to do. We live by it! So when we heard Babies Need Bottoms needed volunteers ASAP (Thank you Junior League of Asheville!) our Bio-One team jumped into action.
Babies Need Bottoms is a diaper bank serving families in need across western North Carolina. On Tuesday, Matt and Krista hand-wrapped packs of donated diapers to be distributed to community partners across 5 counties in western North Carolina. They also helped unpack four pallets of baby wipes received that morning!
According to Babies Need Bottoms:
“Many factors affect diaper need in Asheville including high cost of living, limited employment opportunities, expensive retail cost of diapers, and significant poverty. If parents don’t have access to clean diapers, there are no options – no government funding, nowhere to turn. Lack of clean diapers affects more than a child’s health; it affects parental stress and the ability to attend daycare.”
But the need extends well beyond the Asheville area. In WNC:
- 46% of children in Buncombe County live in poor or low-income homes
- 51% of households with children in Haywood County receive food stamps
- 44% of households with children in Henderson County receive food stamps
- 46% of households with children in Madison County receive food stamps
- 58% of households with children in Transylvania County receive food stamps
With 15 partners spanning 5 counties, including Helpmate, Steadfast House, Buncombe County Social Work Services, The Children & Family Resource Center and YWCA of Asheville, Babies Need Bottoms estimates they deliver 5,000 diapers every 6-8 weeks! Which is an incredible feat since the non-profit was founded in 2017, but what is their ultimate goal? To donate 10,000 diapers per month! And we know they can do it.