Mission

  • To ensure that families with babies and children living in poverty have an adequate supply of diapers.
  • To raise community awareness that basic human needs include diapers and that these needs are not being met for children living in poverty.
  • To advocate for policy reform so that diapers are included in the definition of and provision for the basic human needs of families.
  • To create a model that can be shared, replicated and adopted by all counties in NC. Providing support and guidance to other NC Diaper Banks.

How We Work

The Diaper Bank of North Carolina (DBNC) works to ensure that families receive adequate diapers in three ways:

Partner Organizations: The Diaper Bank of North Carolina works with established family-support organizations to distribute diapers to low-income families. Using these existing networks, DBNC can efficiently get diapers to those in greatest need.

Diaper Drives and Drop-off Locations: The Diaper Bank of North Carolina provides administrative and logistical help to community groups, churches and synagogues, schools, and civic organizations who wish to sponsor a diaper drive or serve as a diaper drop-off location.

Learn More about our locations, partners, and hot-spots here.

Our Locations

We currently have 3 diaper bank branches, with the hope of eventually serving every county in NC. Our Chapters are in the Triangle, Lower Cape Fear and theGreater Triad areas. Learn more about our locations here.

History

After fostering their now adoptive son,  Michelle and Gregory Old were watching their newborn son experience severe diaper rashes. infections so bad that he would end up in the hospital 3-5 times a month, on IV’s trying to help his body heal from the infections. Even though the Old’s were changing his diaper 15 – 20 times a day, they could not stop the infections from taking over and causing their son to be extremely ill and in pain. As their son started to heal, Michelle started to wonder about parents who were not able to grab that next diaper to help their babies stay clean, dry and healthy and knew there was no assistance for these families to do so. She became obsessed with the idea of helping others with the very basic need of a clean diaper. In October of 2012 Michelle came home from another long weekend at the hospital with her son and told her husband that she wanted to start a diaper bank in NC. At first it seemed like a daunting task with 3 children, one of them ill but they sat down and put together a plan, set a tight family budget which would allow Michelle the space to quit her job and focus on covering babies bottoms across the state.

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In January of 2013, Old formed the Diaper Bank of NC with the hopes of providing 50,000 diapers in her community within the year. Two years later, the Diaper Bank distributes 50,000 diapers a month and has distributed over 475,000 diapers in Durham and Orange Counties’. The Diaper Bank has also expanded services to the Greater Triad and Lower Cape Fear Region.

Now with 3 healthy children, Old has made it her life work along with the help of hundreds of amazing volunteers and the generosity of our community to address the issue of diaper need and cover babies’ bottoms across North Carolina.