Changing Diapers, Changing Lives

Gold Coast Doulas Holds Fourth Annual Charity Diaper Drive

Gold Coast Doulas is holding their fourth annual diaper drive benefitting Nestlings Diaper Bank and First Steps of Kent County. Their goal is to collect 40,000 diapers to support families in need in Kent and Ottawa and Allegan counties.

Diaper donations will be from Sept. 1 to October 1 at the following partnered drop-off locations: Smedley Dental and the Howard Miller Library in Zeeland; Untangled Salon, Great Legs Winery Brewery Distillery, Brann’s Steakhouse & Grill, Harbor Health and Massage, EcoBuns Baby + Co, Harbor Health and Massage and The Insurance Group in Holland; Hudsonville Congregational United Church of Christ in Hudsonville, ABC Pediatrics locations in Walker and Wyoming, Hulst Jepsen Physical Therapy in East Grand Rapids, Ada Christian Reformed Church in partnership with FIT4MOM Grand Rapids, Rise Wellness Chiropractic PLC, Gold Coast Doulas, Mindful Counseling (both locations), Grand Rapids Natural Health, Pediatric Dental Specialists of West Michigan, Crossfit616 in partnership with BIRTHFIT Grand Rapids, MomHIVE, West End, and Hopscotch Children’s Store in Grand Rapids.

Visit https://www.goldcoastdoulas.com/gold-coast-doulas-4th-annual-diaper-drive/ for more information.
The Gold Coast diaper drive coincides with National Diaper Need Awareness week, Sept. 23– Sept. 29, Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), created make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families. www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org. Diapers are a basic health necessity for babies and are not provided by government assistance programs, but are one of the top un-met needs to low income families.
Diaper sizes 4, 5 and 6 are the most needed sizes. Nestlings also accepts baby wipes, used and new cloth diapers and open packages of diapers in addition to new boxes and bags of disposable diapers. Donations can also be made online at: http://nestlings.org/how-to-help/donate-and-shop-via-amazon/

About Gold Coast Doulas: Gold Coast Doulas is the area’s first doula agency offering birth doula support, overnight and daytime postpartum doula support, lactation consultations, childbirth classes and more. They serve Greater Grand Rapids and the lakeshore communities. www.goldcoastdoulas.com

About Nestlings Diaper Bank: Nestlings has distributed over 600,000 diapers and helped over 18,000 families since 2011. Nestlings also works with 31 partner agencies to distribute the diapers to the families in need. www.nestlings.org

About First Steps Kent: First Steps is an independent influential and neutral entity that leads the community’s efforts to strengthen and coordinate early childhood services in Kent County. https://www.firststepskent.org

Thank You OMT-Veyhl

Company pride is well deserved, at OMT-Veyhl in Holland.  The company recently held a Diaper Drive for Nestlings Diaper Bank and gave back in a big way.

OMT-Veyhl employees heard about the plight of the 1 in 3 families that struggle with diaper need whom Nestlings supports with free diaper distribution.  The whole company got behind the diaper drive and included a pizza party for all the employees if they reached their goal of 15,000 diapers.

Over 15,000 diapers were collected from two teams within the company.  The Men vs Women companywide competition was held for a few weeks and OMT-Veyhl broke the most diapers collected record that was previously held by another local company.  The company focused on collecting diapers in the most needed sizes of 4, 5 and 6.  The Men’s Team collected the most diapers to win the fun competition and received a trophy awarded by Nestlings, at the annual OMT-Veyhl Company Picnic in August.

Nestlings is very appreciative of everyone at OMT-Veyhl and their willingness to support the babies in need in our community.  Nestlings will distribute over 100,000 free diapers this year to families who lack a sufficient supply. Babies are our future and deserve clean, dry diapers, no matter what circumstances they were born into.

For more information visit www.nestlings.org, www.omt-veyhl.com.

Thank You Holland Junior Welfare League

Thank you to the Holland Junior Welfare League for gifting Nestlings and the babies in need with over 1,000 packages of baby wipes.  Nestlings really appreciates the continued support from the Holland Junior Welfare League for the babies.

Not all diaper banks provide baby wipes to the low income families but Nestlings feels that the baby wipe is an important part of keeping a baby clean and healthy.  Babies don’t get fully clean if they do not get wiped and this is the reason Nestlings feels the wipe is as important as the diaper itself.

When you have to make tough choices between paying rent, buying diapers and all the other expenses that come between weekly paychecks, baby wipes are an item that can get left off the list of basic needs.

For many families this small package of wipes makes a big difference in their budget, but for the baby it makes an even bigger difference in its health and cleanliness.  The Holland Junior Welfare League understands how important these simple packages of baby wipes are for the children and their health.  Not only is the HJWL gifting Nestlings with these baby wipes, many local innocent babies will benefit from this generous gift that gives them an opportunity to have a happy, healthy, positive learning and developmental environment.

Thank you so very much for looking out for our communities children and helping them to have beneficial opportunities now and in their futures.

Thanks Huggies, Meijer and The National Diaper Bank Network

Nestlings Diaper Bank wants to Thank Huggies, Meijer and The National Diaper Bank Network for the donation of 50,000 diapers. These companies are really committed to helping keeps babies happy, healthy and dry. Thank you so much for your continued support.

Thank You Holland Junior Welfare League

HJWL Train PantsThank You Holland Junior Welfare League!

For the Grant Gift that allowed Nestlings to purchase 5,796 Training Pants in the most needed size of 4T-5T for the children of low income families.

Training Pants play an important role in potty training.  They help teach the ability to pull pants up and down. Learning to use the toilet and potty training is a milestone in a child’s development and consistency is a very important part of the learning and training process.  Switching from training pants to diapers confuses children and they have trouble staying on track.

Potty training shouldn’t be stressful for children and thanks to the Holland Junior Welfare League’s grant gift over 400 children will have Training Pants available that will allow for a healthy transition during an important step in their growth and development.

Nestlings  appreciates all the work and support of the Holland Junior Welfare League.  Thank You so much for all you continually do to benefit the children of our community

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Thank You Meijer and Huggies for the Diaper Donation

A big Thank You goes out to Meijer and Huggies for the donation of 50,000 diapers to Nestlings and a $10,000 check to the National Diaper Bank Network. These companies are working to help bridge the gap of diaper need.  Thousands of babies will be dry, happy and healthy thanks to them. Without community minded organizations like these, Nestlings could not help the littlest members of our community.  These little community members are the futures of our societies and anything to help them get a head start in life can have a positive impact.  Thank you to all supporters of Nestlings and the babies.

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5th Annual Stand Up 4 Baby Comedy Show Fundraiser

20160227_180415Nestlings would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who supported the Stand Up 4 Baby Comedy Show Fundraiser. Everyone is appreciated who helped to make it happen. From the Comedians, Sponsors, Audience, Volunteers, Theatre, Sound Crew, MRC and all our supporters. Without all of you Nestlings could not help the babies. Thanks again!

Nestlings Newsletter Volume #4

Read the latest issue of Nestlings newsletter at this link…

http://nestlings.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/newsletter-volume-4.pdf

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Thank You Holland Junior Welfare League

20150602_161828A little package of baby wipes is something that may seem common and simple to many, but can provide so much to those in need.

Baby wipes are specially made to cleanse the sensitive skin of babies and infants. Utilizing other papers or towelettes, such as tissue or alcohol based cleaners, can cause rashes and sores on their delicate little skin. Even the way the wipes are packaged becomes important to a baby’s health, since it allows the wipes to stay moist and not be exposed to environmental hazards such as bacteria or dirt. And, most caregivers would agree – you can’t beat the convenience of a portable package of wipes!

In the US today, diaper wipes have become an essential part of diaper changing, particularly because disposable diapers don’t work well to wipe off solids and disposable diapers tend to smear the residue around. Wipes were well researched and invented to make this a more gentle and sanitary process. Baby Wipes make happy babies and happy caregivers.

Thanks to Holland Junior Welfare League, Nestlings has 1,530 new packages of wipes to distribute in our community. The Holland Junior Welfare League is a wonderful supporter of our community’s children, their futures and Nestlings Diaper Bank.

Clean Diapers Helped Me to Become Campaign

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Maybe you are wondering the reason for all these pictures of Nestlings mascot Cheep visiting people holding the sign that says “Clean Diapers Helped Me Become”…

What is it all about? Nestlings is highlighting all types of community members to help show what healthy, happy, clean and dry babies can have the opportunity to grow up and be.

A baby’s brain development is very important in the first few years and positive nurturing is an important part of that developmental stage. Clean and dry diapers play a big role in the nurturing of a baby, its development, learning ability and its future in our community.

The babies and children Nestlings helps are the future business members, company owners, leaders, politicians, bankers, lawyers, police officers, doctors, nurses, service workers, etc. of the communities we live and work in. Why would we not want to help give them every opportunity and tools for a head start toward that future?
It starts with a simple thing.. A clean, dry diaper.

The possibilities are endless that are available to the futures of the children that grow up healthy with clean diapers and Nestlings looks forward to seeing those children grow and thrive in our community. To highlight some of those possible upcoming careers and futures Cheep is visiting all kinds of different community members and posting their pictures to celebrate their accomplishments that growing up with dry, clean diapers helped them to become in life.

Cheep welcomes anyone in our community who wants to participate in the Clean Diapers Helped Me to Become Campaign so feel free to let us know if you would like a visit from Cheep. Follow Nestlings Social Media to see the pictures of our healthy, happy and successful community members.

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