Now that we’ve had a chance to breathe and let the dust settle from what was an EPIC first distribution day from our new warehouse, all we can do is alternate between big goofy grins and tears of joy. Seriously folks, what YOU did was astounding. From amazing diaper drives to families opening their homes as Ambassadors to the hours of bundling diapers in our warehouse, this DC Metro community rallied together to create something so big and so special for the most vulnerable members of our community. And it was all done out of love, compassion and overall joy. And as an added bonus – the day went off without a hitch!
In just under five hours, we distributed approximately 50,000 diapers to Bread for the City, Little Lights Urban Ministries, YMCA – Silver Spring, Horton’s Kids, Shabach Ministries, Central Union Mission, Montgomery County Family Center, Refuge Ministries, True Vine Center, Floris UCM Grace Ministries, and Open Doors.
It was such a gift for our hardworking volunteers to meet the organizations that we work so hard to provide a reliable source of diapers to. When our Distribution Partners arrived, they were greeted with warm smiles, handshakes and pre-pulled orders ready to be loaded into their vehicles by our volunteers. While the diapers were being loaded, our Partners got the grand tour of our warehouse space and were treated to delicious nibbles from our Distribution Day sponsor, Whole Foods Market, Silver Spring. (Thank you Whole Foods Market!) Many of our Distribution Partners left kinds word on our chalkboard walls on behalf of the families they serve. And each one repeated their thanks and appreciation for this invaluable recourse they receive for their families. That’s 14,000 more diapers distributed in one month than ever before in our history!
It was truly a dream come true to finally see everything come together on Saturday. We invite you check out some of the cool photographs from DC Diaper Bank resident photographer, Joe Foley Photography. And then we encourage you sign up to Volunteer for our next Distribution Day on Saturday, October 28th.
Stay tuned in October for even bigger news as we announce the addition of four new Distribution Partners!
Again, thank you for every thing you have done to help DC Diaper Bank grow into the organization it has become. We couldn’t do this together without your support and we are eternally grateful.