The 7th grade of Newtown Friends School came out to help when The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank received a shipment of Huggies.
How The Stars Aligned
for a Diaper Bank Founder
Pat Kennedy remembers the first time she learned about diaper need. “Like everybody, I thought: My God! Who knew?” Pat was introduced to the subject by a Time magazine article about NDBN Executive Director Joanne Goldblum and her work starting a diaper bank in Connecticut. Pat, then a kindergarten teacher, clipped the article and tucked it in her lesson planner.
“I absolutely loved teaching,” remembers Pat. But three events led her out of the classroom. Her daughter was pregnant and wanted Pat to stay with her family when the baby arrived – an impossibility for a full-time teacher. Pat and her husband were talking about wanting the flexibility to spend more time together. Next, an aunt passed away and left Pat an unexpected inheritance. » continued below
A gift is a statement about what you think the recipient values. We buy workout gear for the sister who’s committed to taking care of her body. An e-reader for the friend who loves literature. Are there people on your list who care deeply about ensuring every child has a fair start in life? If so, a donation to the National Diaper Bank Network in their honor is a perfect gift.
It seemed like the timing was right to create The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank.
“It’s been a huge learning curve for me,” said Pat. In less than two years, the diaper bank is already supplying diapers to 26 partner organizations in several counties. The free time Pat was after eludes her. “That’s the big irony of it all,” she says with a chuckle. She’s helped by family, friends, her book club, as well as businesses, churches, schools and other groups.
Did you know?
People who grew up in poverty suffer from hypertension and arthritis at twice the rate of their more fortunate peers.
Source: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Since joining NDBN, Pat learned how to gather demographic information from her partner organizations. She’s able to use this data in grant applications. The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank recently got selected for Philly Give Camp, an opportunity to get IT technical assistance. Facebook users voted for the diaper bank to be a recipient in Walmart’s 12 Days of Giving. Pat and fellow volunteers continue to look for more support. “We’re serving a huge geographical area,” says Pat. “I’m learning more about the need out there every day.”