CHANGING DIAPERS CHANGES LIVES
Sixth Annual Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive
aims to cover 10,000 bottoms by 2016
Well Ottawa, it’s that time of year again. Tis’ the season to drop a load….of diapers. The sixth annual Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive is currently underway with hopes of raising 10,000 diapers by 2016 for struggling parents and babies in need in our community with five official drop off locations collecting both donations.
Bare Bottoms is a start-up non-profit organization created by Shauna Quinn, whose mission is to fill a critical and otherwise unmet need for diapers among the most vulnerable in our community.
The annual diaper drive began in 2009 benefiting the Ottawa Food Bank and supporting struggling parents by providing a basic and essential need for their babies – diapers. It’s known as diaper need and there’s very little help or public resources for it and with today’s economy it’s become a growing concern.
“Mothers feel providing clean diapers for their babies is one of the most important things they can do. And so do we. It’s just a lot harder for some than others.” said Quinn, mother of one.
Bare Bottoms accepts donations of any size, brand and amount, including single diapers, open packages, the leftovers your baby has outgrown, even those cloth diapers you no longer need. Every diaper counts.
“Many childcare facilities require a full day’s supply of diapers forcing some parents to stay home with their baby instead of going to work because they don’t have enough diapers.” Said Quinn, “By helping to provide diapers, we’re helping parents to improve their own situation.”
Studies show babies kept in dirty diapers for extended periods of time may lead to the babies suffering not only physically, but emotionally as well. These babies are more prone to urinary tract infections and staph infections among many other health issues.
The Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive runs until January 15, 2016. and donations can be dropped off at:
McDaniel’s Independent Grocer – 200 Grant Carmen Dr., Nepean
Bethany Hope Centre – 820 Woodroffe Ave., Ottawa
Kiddie Kobbler Barrhaven – 80 Market Pl., Barrhaven
Charlemagne PreSchool Resource Centre – 750 Charlemagne Blvd, Orleans
Bumbini – 167 Elgin St., Almonte
To learn more about Bare Bottoms or for more information about how you can get involved in their diaper drive visit their website!