Apr 27, 2018

Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief-April 2018

Beaumont
Beaumont

The Texas Diaper Bank continues in its effort to support individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey.

This year, TXDB has distributed over 990,000 diapers, as of 4/26/18. Of the many events TXDB continues to host, the organization has engaged the affected communities twice this year.

At the end of March, TXDB teamed up with Huggies, Walgreens, National Diaper Bank Network, and Bread of Life to host a distribution event in Houston, TX for Hurricane Harvey victims. During this event focused on addressing diaper awareness, the organizations served over 335 families onsite with over 250,000 diapers.

At the end of April, TXDB collaborated with Martina McBride's charity Team Music is Love, OneGenAway, Feed America First, and Northend Baptist Church to distribute diapers in Beaumont, TX. At this event, TXDB distributed 180,000 diapers, 825 hygiene kits, shampoo, towels, and hairbrushes to 2,200 individuals. 

It is so wonderful to see so many organizations still unite for a focused cause that many quickly forget about: diapers. However, these events reconfirm that the aftermath of the disaster still affects Texan families. There is still much work to be done, and the Texas Diaper Bank will be there to do it!

Beaumont
Beaumont
Beaumont
Beaumont
Houston 1
Houston 1
Houston 2
Houston 2
Houston 3
Houston 3
Nov 29, 2017

Disaster Relief Report

Pilot Ryan with staff
Pilot Ryan with staff

"If there's no way to get the diapers there, I'll fly 'em", demanded Ryan the day after Hurricane Harvey had struck.  While the deluge had rendered roads inaccessible to the Corpus Christi and Rockport area, the helping, determined spirit of Texans proved inextinguishable. A pilot with his own small plane, Ryan flew emergency diaper packs to help unreachable individuals who had lost everything—their homes, food, and a semblance of normalcy. Ryan’s story emerges as only one story that kickstarted the Texas Diaper Bank’s disaster relief efforts to distribute diapers, incontinence supplies, healthcare products, and other emergency items for Hurricane Harvey victims.

In the chaos of a natural disaster, many evacuees lack the time or space to bring many items, especially diapers, wipes, and other healthcare products. The Texas Diaper Bank fills this ignored gap by providing these healthcare products. Without these products, individuals may develop diaper rash, which may require medical treatment. In a disaster, treatment may not be an option, which can lead to fatal complications. Similar to how federal funds do not pay for diapers, no international disaster relief for diapers exists.

The outpouring of the generosity of individuals helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey has been tremendous, not only domestically, but also internationally. Since Hurricane Harvey hit 3 months ago, the Texas Diaper Bank has shipped over 3.2 million diapers to over 45 designated churches and distribution sites along the Coastal Bend, including Beaumont, Corpus Christi, and Houston—reaching approximately 5,150 individuals

Yet, the work does not stop here. Entering the recovery phase in its Disaster Relief program, the Texas Diaper Bank continues to foster relationships in these affected areas. Texas Diaper Bank will continue to cooperate with these agencies to gauge need and distribute emergency diapers, wipes, and other hygiene items. 

Volunteers working at Texas Diaper Bank warehouse
Volunteers working at Texas Diaper Bank warehouse
Unpacking at Rittiman warehouse
Unpacking at Rittiman warehouse

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