Through a strong community effort, Atlanta Diaper Relief received 40,000+ diapers from Huggies as part of their National “Every Little Bottom” campaign to help relieve the millions of babies across the country whose parents cannot afford the cost of diapers.
Huggies truly came through for our diaper bank. We reach Metro Atlanta’s most neediest population and service 8 agencies and will be adding about three more to our distribution list in a few weeks. We reach families who receive TANF and WIC but still have no means to purchase diapers. Some women who call us come from domestic abuse backgrounds, others are teen moms trying to make it while many others are just everyday families who are cash-strapped because of job loss and can’t make ends meet because of the current economic climate.
But each of these families just want help for their babies. Their babies they send to childcare, where they have to bring disposable diapers and leave them there.
And I thank OUR community leaders for coming forward to help our organization in such a meaningful way. As a non-profit, we too are cash-strapped and depend on donors and sponsors to help us help the greater community.
So it means the world to us that Wade Ford in Smyrna stepped up to help in this mission.
Thank you to Mr. Steven Ewing, President and CEO of Wade Ford 3860 South Cobb Drive Southeast Smyrna, GA 30080, which is the largest and oldest minority owned dealership in the country for helping us by providing a truck and driver Haywood to pick up the diapers at the Kimberly-Clark facility in McDonough Georgia. Mr. Ewing you saved us greatly from the expense of finding a truck, renting a truck and the expense of gas!! We appreciate this SO VERY much! You are our savior today! And the babies and parents in Atlanta thank you as well!!
Thank you to all the staff at Ford I have worked with these past few weeks, organizing this pick-up. Thank you to PR specialist Katie Spillman who was my contact everyday and worked tirelessly organizing and orchestrating this whole pick up! Katie you are awesome. A SPECIAL thank you to Craig Daitch, of Ford, who reached out to me after my plea on Twitter for help. I was shocked to receive a call and I thank you Craig for making this happen for us. It just goes to show that companies like Ford care about community organizations and having a hand in helping to make people’s lives better. I cannot tell you how much this means.
I also want to thank my board member Vanessa Parker Owner of the PinkBoss.com who lives an hour away and made it over to our facility in Douglasville to help out with the delivery. Thank you Vanessa! And Thank you to Shawn Wray, Founder of Think on These Things Ministries who is on our diaper distribution list for bringing a friend and making his way over to lend a helping hand. We appreciate you!
And I can’t forget to thank my husband Rudolph Smith (Rudy) who has been there and is always there when I need him!
Also a special thank you goes out to Able Tool Rental in Douglasville for donating a pallet jack to get the diapers off the truck because we could not do that job without a pallet jack for sure! Thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Edward Grennan. I simply asked and Mrs. Grennan said yes with no problem! That’s how I like to do business and we were back within an hour! Thank you!!
And I truly, truly want to thank Huggies. You came, You saw and You are helping us CONQUER this diaper problem.
Thank you to Maria Roby, Taylor Arnold. and especially Rachael Cruise for giving me the wonderful news that we were awarded!
Thank you again Huggies and the Kimberly-Clark Company. What you do for the many diaper banks around the country and everyday people who are struggling is quite remarkable. As a business you do not have to reach back and help at all. But you do it because you care that every baby is deserving to be dry and no baby should suffer because of their parent’s financial shortfalls. And as a mother of five children who has purchased thousands of Huggies over the years I thank you from the bottom of my heart for caring enough to lift people up in this way.
Kia Morgan Smith,
Disclosure: “Although we received diapers from Huggies and assistance from Ford and a pallet jack for us from Able Tool Rental at no cost to our diaper bank, we were never asked to write a post in exchange for goods or services. We are writing this post on our own free will as an expression of thanks because we are truly grateful for these goods and services. These companies asked for nothing in return.”