Diapers for KC Families in Need.

Our Mission: Working with our partner social service agencies to provide diapers to low-income families while raising awareness of diaper need in our community


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Did you know?

Over 23,000 kids
in the KC metro
need diaper assistance

Events

Give Butts a Chance

Our events provide chances to do good on behalf of HappyBottoms and our partner agencies. They’re all right here — ready for you to take that all-important next step and get involved.


Upcoming Events


We add new events all the time — we’re popular like that — so please check back often. Find one and get involved. Your karma will thank you.

Here are some events to look forward to. Cick on each event for available details.

ICE ICE BABY - AMC MOVIE NIGHT

JOIN US FOR A FAMILY FUN MOVIE NIGHT FEATURING 

 

ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE

$5.00 TICKETS!  

THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.  THANK YOU EVERYONE FOR PARTICIPATING!  

For more movie info click here


BUY TICKETS

  • THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.  If you would still like to donate, please click here.  

WHEN

 
  • Thursday, July 28, 2016, 6pm
  • Meet and Greet 6:00pm - Drawings announced 6:45pm
  • (Must be in the theatre to win) - Movie starts at 7:00pm
 

WHERE

AMC Town Center 20, 11701 Nall Avenue, Overland Park KS 66211
 

 

WHAT

  • Meet the HappyBottoms team
  • Buy drawing tickets for a chance to win great prizes
  • Watch a great new movie!
 

WHY

Proceeds will help Happy Bottoms provide diapers to low income families in greater Kansas City.

HOW

 
  • $5 buys any seat in the theater
  • Bring the whole family, team or a group of friends 
  • Drawing Tickets - One ticket for $5, Five tickets for $20
 

 

 

DRAWING PRIZES

 

o   Kendra Scott blue earrings and necklace

o   Wine opener/ wine stopper/ wine glasses

o   Falcon Foldn’ Ride (Toddler Scooter)

o   Recordable beat stuffed animal, Pluto toy, 1 Lightning McQueen and 1 Doc McStuffins backpacks

o   Tom Watson signed hat, w/ golf bag, and 3 boxes of KC Chiefs golf balls.

o   10 Pinstripes wrist bands

o   HappyBottoms t-shirt, coffee, coffee mug, and hat

 

BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY!

 

Theater donated by AMC Theaters

STAR SPANGLED BABY

Get your kid and camera ready!  Show off your patriotic pride for a chance to win tickets to a Royals game!

Submit a photo of your patriotic baby or toddler wearing red, white, and blue to tess@happybottoms.org by Thursday, June 30th at 5 p.m. CST.

Along with your photo, please include your baby's name, age, and a brief one sentence caption of the photo.  Pictures will be posted to an album on our HappyBottoms Facebook page July 1st by 5 p.m.

Voting process: Voting takes place from July 1st through July 7th at 10 p.m. CST.

The winner will be announced by Facebook July 8th by noon and the winner will be contacted via email.

Please like our Facebook page and encourage your friends and family to do the same.  You can "like" whichever photo you choose to vote for and, at the end of the voting week, the photo with the most votes through "likes" will be our HappyBottoms winner!

Prizes: 

1st Place - 4 tickets to the Royals game on Sunday, July 24th at 1 vs. Texas Rangers.  Parking pass included.  The winner's baby or toddler will be included in HappyBottoms newsletter.

2nd Place - HappyBottoms t-shirt!

Spread the word and send in those adorable photos!  

Any questions, contact tess@happybottoms.org

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

It's a milestone year for HappyBottoms as we host the 5th annual Attitude of Gratitude event on Thursday, November 10th from 5:30 to 8:30 at Studio Dan Meiners at Pennway Event Space (2500 West Pennway, KCMO 64108).  The event features a live and silent auction, food buffet from various Kansas City restaurants, and great wine, beer, and signature drink selections.  Sponsorships are available now.  Individual tickets will be made available the 1st of September.  

SPONSORSHIP INFORMATION

$15,000 Presenting  Sponsor

·         3 minutes from the podium at the event

·         20 tickets with reserved seating  and wine for your tables

·         “Event presented by Your Organization” in all event signage and collaterals

·         Logo Recognition at the event, in all event publications, our newsletter and event web page

·         Logo recognition on our website sponsor list for one year with link

·         Recognized in all social media venues (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest)

·         Listed on event wall at HappyBottoms warehouse by  level   

$10,000 Platinum Sponsor

          ·         20 tickets with reserved seating  

          ·         Logo Recognition at the event, in all event publications, our newsletter and event web page  

          ·         Logo recognition on our website sponsor list for one year with link

          ·         Recognized in all social media venues (Facebook, Twitter)  

          ·         Listed on event wall at HappyBottoms warehouse by level

$5,000 Gold Sponsor

          ·         10 tickets with reserved seating

          ·         Logo recognition at the event, in all event publications, our newsletter and event web page 

          ·         Name listed on website sponsor page with link 

          ·         Recognized in all social media venues (Facebook, Twitter)

          ·         Listed on event wall at HappyBottoms warehouse by level 

$2,500 Silver Sponsor

          ·         6 tickets

          ·         Logo recognition at the event, name listed in all event publications, newsletter and event webpage

          ·         Name listed on website sponsor page with link

          ·         Recognized in all social media venues (Facebook, Twitter)

$1,000 Bronze Sponsor

          ·         4 tickets

          ·         Logo recognition at the event, name listed in all event publications , newsletter and event webpage

          ·         Recognized in all social media venues (Facebook, Twitter) once  

          ·         Listed on event wall at HappyBottoms warehouse by level  

CONTACT John Teasdale if interested in sponsoring - johnt@happybottoms.org

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Host a Drive, Party or Baby Shower

Ask not what diapers can do for you.
Ask what diapers can do for your community.

So you want to get involved? Smart move — and a very generous one on behalf of low-income families in the Kansas City area. There are plenty of easy, fun ways to help. 

Host a diaper drive

Just download the materials below to get started. Next, your organization, school, place of worship, group of friends or workplace can hold a diaper drive that makes a difference in the lives of our community’s children. 

To schedule a time to drop diapers off at the HappyBottoms warehouse, send an email to drive@happybottoms.org or call 855-479-2867 ext. 4.

Use these materials to plan and promote your event:

Throw a charitable party
Go bottoms up for HappyBottoms. Start planning today and download our Party Invitations

Host a baby shower
You could host one to collect diapers and funds for low-income Kansas City families. Download our Baby Shower Invite and start planning now.

Order “The Butt Stops Here” T-shirts for your event
You know you want one. They’re a great way to show added support for our cause at your event or just when you walk down the street. Plus, the cost includes a tax-deductible $10 donation — which equals a month’s worth of diapers for a child in need. 

Questions? Contact us. We’re happy to help. 

Thanks to These Groups for Their Recent Support

Junior League of KCMO

HopeBUILDERS
UMKC Pediatric Interest
Bayer
Building Better Moms
Phoenix Family
The Upper Room
ServeKC
A Simple House
KC Young Matrons
Synergy
CommunityAmerica Credit Union
Belton Young Life
Brookside Mother's Association
Trinity Lutheran Church
Phi Tau Omega 
Henderson Engineers, Inc.
Robert W. Baird & Co.
William T. Kemper Charitable Trust
H&R Block Foundation
Jack and Jill of America, KC Chapter
Lawing Financial

Did you know?

For only $25 a month
we can provide diapers for 
A baby for an entire year

Receive

All Butts Are
Created Equal

Sure, the phrase above might be crass — but it’s true. It’s also why we work hard to provide diapers for low-income families in the Kansas City metropolitan area.

HappyBottoms gets diapers for our program through direct donations and also purchases discounted diapers with donated funds.  HappyBottoms doesn't distribute diapers directly to families - all diapers are distributed by Partner Agencies throughout the community. So if your family would like to receive diapers, please click here for a list our partner agencies who are currently accepting new diaper clients. You will need to provide documentation for yourself and your child, along with proof of income eligibillity, to receive diapers.

 

Current AGENCY Partners

We’re proud to provide diapers to these organizations. 


BUNDLES OF JOY PROGRAM

We also provide diapers to five area hospitals through our Bundles of Joy Program.  Bundles of Joy introduces the HappyBottoms program to eligible  moms and babies who deliver at one of our partner hospitals. They get a large package of Newborn or Size 1 diapers, along with information about our regular diaper distribution program.  Participating Bundles of Joy hospitals are Children's Mercy, Liberty Hospital, Shawnee Mission Health, St. Luke's, and Truman Hospital Hill.

Please note:  Bundles of Joy diapers are available ONLY to eligible moms who deliver at one of our partner hospitals, and are distributed at the time mom and baby are discharged from the hospital.  If your baby is born at another hospital and you would like to enroll in HappyBottoms, please see link above for a list of our regular agencies currently accepting new clients.

DOES YOUR AGENCY OR GROUP WANT TO RECEIVE DIAPERS?

HappyBottoms is not currently accepting new Partner Applications. We accept Partner Applications and add new partners up to twice a year, depending on our capacity to serve additional clients. If we plan to add new agencies in 2016, we will post the link to our online application on or around January and July, 2016, so please check this page then to see if we are accepting applications. 


NEW RESOURCES

Potty Training Tips are now available

At HappyBottoms we are committed to helping low income families get diapers and get their babies out of diapers. Please download these Potty Training Tips to start the process!

  • Potty Training Tips

   English | Spanish

Diapering and stress reduction tips for parents and caregivers
We’re also committed to providing educational resources on healthy diapering and stress reduction. We welcome you to download these tips for parents:

About

Life, Liberty &
Diapers for All

We Are Kansas City’s Diaper Bank

Our mission: Working with social service agency partners to provide diapers to low-income families while raising awareness of diaper need in our community.


Why Diapers?

One in five Kansas City area kids lives in poverty.* For many, diapers remain an overlooked area of need despite today’s best outreach efforts. Here are a few reasons why fulfilling this need is so critical:

  1. Safety-net programs such as SNAP (food stamps) and WIC (women infants children) do NOT cover diapers. This is a huge expense for low-income families costing an estimated $80-100 per month.
  2. An estimated 21,000+ children in the Kansas City area aren't receiving the diapers they need. 1 in 3 American families struggle to provide enough diapers to keep their babies happy, healthy and dry.
  3. Without an adequate supply of diapers, babies spend extended periods of time in the same soiled diaper. This poses health risks to the baby, including diaper rash and potentially serious infections or even hepatitis. And being wet or dirty makes for an unhappy, crying baby. A crying baby brings even more tension into the lives of already stressed parents/caregivers.
  1. Many child care centers require parents to provide disposable diapers. Without childcare, parents cannot work consistently. Children who participate in early childhood education are 2.5 times more likely to go onto higher education. 
  2. A 2013 study in the Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics found that moms who experience diaper need are twice as likely to suffer from depression and stress, because they struggle to meet their baby's needs. The study found this stress ranks even higher than food insecurity. 


​* Source: United Community Services of Johnson County.

Why Not Cloth?

Our partner agencies tell us that cloth diapers are not a good option for their clients. Over 70% of our parents live on less than $20,000 a year, so owning a washing machine isn't an option.  Moreover, soiled diapers are not allowed on public transportation, so getting to a laundromat is extemely difficult.  Finally, most laundromats don't allow cloth diapers.  The few who do require a load of bleach be run afterwards, an additional cost our parents can't afford. 

The Woman Who Started It All

Founding Director
Jill Gaikowski founded HappyBottoms in 2010 after learning about the need for diapers across the nation. After researching, Jill discovered that many cities were doing something about it and that she could help too — right here in Kansas City. That’s how HappyBottoms began.  Jill officially joined the HB staff in 2016 and will always be a HappyBottoms advocate.


Special thanks...

To the National Diaper Bank Network for its leadership and support of diaper banks nationwide.


Staff

John Teasdale - Executive Director                    Jackie Williams - Volunteer & Community Engagement Manager

Jen Watts - Business Manager                          Tyrone Smith - Warehouse Manager

Teresa Winfield - Program Manager                   Jill Gaikowski - Grant Writer/ Development Specialist

Kaitlin McDonald - Enrollment and Quality Control Specialist

Board of Directors

Rob Bensman - HighTower Group                      John DeHardt - Kessinger Hunter

Linda Cavanaugh – Community Volunteer        Seth Chaikin – Grant Thornton

Sylvia Haverty - Community Volunteer                Pam Sutherlin – Board Secretary  Community Volunteer 

Abel Mojica - Tortoise Capital Advisors               Tess Koppelman – Moxie Talent Agency           

Bernie Schroer - CBIZ                                        Kelly Whitehouse - Hallmark

Carrie Stewart – Commerce Bank                      Karla Shepard – Board President –  Seigfreid Bingham, PC

Liz Sutherlin – Community Volunteer                 Bob Parker, CPA - Board Treasurer - TPP Certified Public Accountants, LLC

Our Volunteers

We’re also extremely grateful for the small army of passionate volunteers who help HappyBottoms continue its mission day after day. 

Would you like to volunteer? Just contact us or explore ways to donate and volunteer, including hosting events and parties, making a financial donation, becoming a corporate sponsor and more.


Can we help you?

On our Receive page, we have provided information about our partner agencies and other resources that might be helpful to you.

Need a copy of our Form 990?

Just download a copy now

SOME BABIES

Spend Days
In The Same
diaper

Contact

Let's Talk

Have feedback? Questions about our organization? We would love to hear from you. Just complete the form below. All fields are required. You will receive an email confirming that we received your message.

Please note: We can’t distribute diapers directly to families. Instead, we give our diapers to our partner organizations, which distribute them to the families they serve. If you need diapers, please contact one of our partner organizations rather than sending us an inquiry about receiving diapers.

Additionally, due to staff limits, we’re unable to respond to calls and emails from individuals asking for diapers. Thank you for understanding. 

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