Ozarks Tonight: New Tax Credits Encourage Diaper Donations


NEWS. REAL. NEW. NOW WELCOME BACK TO OZARKS TONIGHT, I AM HEATHER LEWIS. THE DIAPER BANK OF THE OZARKS HAS HELPED OVER 55,000 BABIES OVER THE PAST SIX YEARS. THAT’S MORE THAN 3 MILLION DIAPERS, TO PEOPLE IN NEED HERE IN THE OZARKS HUNGER AND THAT ORGANIZATION CONTINUES TO GROW TO MEET THE NEED. THIS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AT THE DIAPER BANK OF THE OZARKS. THANKS FOR BEING HERE. HAD A BUSY SUMMER AT THE DIAPER BANK OF THE OZARKS. YOU HAD A LOT GOING ON. FIRST OF ALL, DIAPERS ARE STILL LOCATED AT CROSSLINES? YES. YOU HAVE NEW OFFICES? WE DO. WE HAVE NEW OFFICES. WE HAVE THEM PLUS WE STILL HAVE WAREHOUSE SPACE AT CROSSLINES. WE ARE VERY BUSY. OF COURSE WE HAVE AN EXECUTIVE YOU ARE SETTLING INTO YOUR ROLE. LAST TIME I SPOKE IT WAS ABOUT TWO OR THREE WEEKS OLD BUT THAT WAS FIVE MONTHS OLD SO IT FITS IN WITH OUR DEMOGRAPHIC, RIGHT, WE TAKE CARE OF BABIES. A BUSY SUMMER. WE JUST HAD OUR THAT PEROTE — DIAPER OUT — AND THEN WE HAVE IN OCTOBER ARE GIRLS AND PROS EVENT TO GET MONEY TO FUND THE PROGRAMS FOR BABIES ACROSS THE OZARKS. LET’S TALK ABOUT THAT NEED FOR BABIES IN NEED GOT THIS AFFECTS THE WHOLE STATE. WHAT IS THE NEED IN THE OZARKS? WE ARE HOPING THIS YEAR, 2019 KIND TO DISTRIBUTE 1 MILLION DIAPERS, AND THAT IS BASED ON NEED WOW. YEAH. ONE IN THREE FAMILIES STRUGGLE WITH DIAPER NEED AND OUR GOAL IS TO REDUCE THAT. WE HAVE DIFFERENT PROGRAMS TO DO THAT INCLUDING OUR DIAPERS THE DAYCARE PROGRAM WHERE MOMS AND DADS CAN GO TO WORK OR SCHOOL AND WE CAN HELP THE ABUNDANCE OF DIAPERS THAT’S REQUIRED BY DAYCARE. I READ ON YOUR WEBSITE IT’S ALMOST MORE STRESSFUL FOR PARENTS TO WE ABOUT THE DIAPER NEED OVER FOOD EVEN. WELL, YOU THINK ABOUT IT. THERE ARE FOOD STAMPS FOR FOOD. FOOD STAMPS ARE NOT FOR DIAPERS. THERE IS NO GOVERNMENT ASSISTANCE FOR DIAPERS, AND THAT IS WHERE WE COME INTO PLAY. HOW DO THE ORGANIZATIONS WORK WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION? DONATE DIAPERS, WE COLLECT THEM. DONATE ANY WHICH IS BETTER THAN DONATING DIAPER BECAUSE WE HAVE SUCH BUYING POWER WE CAN DIAPER A BABY FOR A DAY FOR A DOLLAR. SOME COMPANIES PUT OUT THESE DIAPER EVENTS FOR US, COLLECTS CHANGE. EVERYBODY HAS POCKET CHANGE. SOMETIMES IT’S A NUISANCE BECAUSE WE ARE SO ELECTRONIC SO DROP YOUR CHANGE IN THEIR AND IT WOULD REALLY HELP US A LOT IN OUR REGIONAL DISSIPATION. FOR THOSE WHO ARE DONATING. TELL ME ABOUT THAT FIRST TIME. THIS STARTED FOURTH OF JULY SO ANYTIME GOING FORWARD TO THE END OF JUNE YOU CAN DONATE TO US AND YOU GET 50 PERCENT TAX CREDITS FROM TAX SEASON. SO PEOPLE SHOULD TALK TO THEIR FINANCIAL ADVISORS ABOUT HOW IT FITS FOR THEM. BUT WE ARE REALLY LUCKY TO GET ONE GIBSON CITY, JEFFERSON CITY AND KANSAS CITY DURING THE. YES, MY BOSS TAKING CARE OF DEPUTIES IN MISSOURI AND HAVE ALSO BEEN GIVEN $100,000 TO GIVE HOW MANY COUNTIES DOES THE DIAPER BANK OF THE OZARKS SERVE. WE WANT TO STRETCH TO ALL OF THEM BUT RIGHT NOW WE ARE ABOUT 58. THERE ARE OVER 100 AGENCIES THAT THEY WORK WITH. WE ARE THE DIAPER BANK SO WE HAVE THE BUYING POWER. WE RECEIVED THE DIAPERS, WE DISTRIBUTED TO OVER 100 DIFFERENT AFFILIATES, AGENCIES, AND THEN THEY DISTRIBUTED TO PERIPHERAL AGENCIES SO IT GOES FAR. R THE DAYCARE PROGRAM AND THE CLOTH DIAPERING PROGRAM AS WELL. WE CERTAINLY ADVOCATE CLOTH DIAPERING BECAUSE IT WILL SAVE A FAMILY OVER $2,000. IT WILL SAVE US A LOT OF MONEY BECAUSE WE FREELY GIVE THE CLOTH DIAPERS TO THOSE WHO WANT TO USE CLOTH DIAPERS. IT REALLY IS GOOD FOR THE ENVIRONMENT NOT TO DISPOSE OF DIAPERS AND IT IS STATISTICALLY THE BABY WILL PROBABLY TRAIN EARLIER WITH THE CLOTH DIAPERS. PARENTS LIKE THAT. I COMMUNITY BECAUSE, LIKE YOU SAID, THE BABY SLEEPS, THE PARENT SLEEPS. THE PARENT GO TO WORK OR SCHOOL THE NEXT DAY AND THEY HAVE HAD A GOOD NIGHTS REST. SO WE KIND OF PULL THEM OUT INTO THE COMMUNITY. ABSOLUTELY. AND YOU CAN LEARN MORE ON YOUR WEBSITE DIAPERBANKSOFTHEOZARKS.ORG. WE HAVE A LOT OF CHANGES COMBINED. WE HAVE A NEW LOGO AND IN WEBSITE DESIGN THAT WE WILL BE PUSHING OUT REALLY QUICKLY. VERY GOOD. IN THE MEANTIME YOU CAN ALWAYS GO THERE TO DONATE TOO. YEAH. AND THAT IS DIAPERBANKSOFTHEOZARKS.ORG. YES. LORI MCLAREN, THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE THANK YOU

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