Dart Appraisal Joins Diaper Drive for Babies in Need
Troy, MI, October 5, 2015 - Faced with the
recent loss of the Detroit Diaper Bank and social welfare programs
that do not cover costs for diapers, parents without adequate
income to cover the substantial cost of diapers for their children
are struggling to avoid the resulting rashes and infections caused
by their lack of fresh, disposable diapers.
Dart Appraisal, a Troy, Michigan-based appraisal management
company (AMC), has joined the Diapers for the D initiative, which
aims to collect 80,000 diapers for low income families in
Dart Appraisal will collect diapers beginning Monday, Oct. 5
through Friday, Oct. 9 at its headquarters in Troy, located next to
the Somerset Collection North at 2600 West Big Beaver Road, Suite
540 (contact Michelle Gimbutis at Dart Appraisal to
coordinate a lobby drop-off). Online diaper donations can also be
made directly through Amazon.com here.
The Diapers for the D initiative is also supported the Detroit
Police, which held diaper drives at each precinct throughout the
city last month. In the spirit of the former Detroit Diaper Bank,
Development Centers will be assisting with the distribution of
diapers to families and babies in need throughout the city.
"As a mother of two, young children, I know just how expensive
the monthly diaper bill can be," said Michelle Gimbutis, marketing
manager for Dart Appraisal. "Government safety-net programs do not
cover any diaper costs, so low-income families are left without the
means to properly diaper their children. 1 in 3 American families
struggle with diaper need, or not having enough diapers for their
baby. We hope to enlist the help of the mortgage and appraisal
industry to help alleviate the problem through our diaper drive at
"We are grateful and excited about Dart Appraisal's support of
Diapers For The D!" said Sally Bond, director of development for
Development Centers. "It's amazing how something as simple as a
diaper can change a baby's life - diapers are required for babies
to access childcare; they help prevent diaper rash and other health
problems and most importantly, babies with clean diapers are
happier and more comfortable!"
9 Fast Facts of #DiaperNeed from the National Diaper Bank
- 1 in 3 families struggle with diaper need.
- 5.3 million babies and toddlers under the age of 3 live in poor
and low income families.
- Government safety-net programs do not recognize diapers as a
- Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps, and are classified
with cigarettes, alcohol and pet food as disallowed purchases.
- Diaper need impacts the physical, mental and economic wellbeing
of children and parents.
- Most child care centers require parents to provide a day's
supply of disposable diapers (four to six changes during the
- Many parents cannot go to work or school if they can't leave
their babies at child care.
- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day, at a cost of $70 to
$80 per month per baby.
- There are more than 350 active diaper banks in the U.S.
The Diapers for the D initiative began with a group of Cranbrook
and Notre Dame high school students as part of a self-developed
service learning project. The students are being mentored in
philanthropy efforts and using their enthusiasm and creativity to
address a long-standing need. These efforts are a follow-up to
Governor Snyder's proclamation that September 28 through October 4,
2015 was Diaper Need Awareness Week. To donate directly to the
Development Centers, visit www.develctrs.org and use the "donate
now" button for Diapers For The D. Cash donations will be used to
purchase diapers at a discounted price.
Established in 1983, Development Centers serves thousands of
Detroiters and residents of neighboring Wayne County each year
through its extensive offering of innovative programs and expertise
in the field of human services. www.develctrs.org.