Diapers for KC Families in Need.


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Did you know?

Over 17,000 kids
in the KC metro
need diaper assistance

Drives & 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

Thanks Giving Event-HappyBottoms is holding our third annual Attitude of Gratitude: A Thanks Giving Event on November 13th at the Roasterie Bean Hangar event space in Kansas City, MO. Join us for a happy hour and silent/live auction from 5:30 to 8:30 pm. You can purchase tickets here. 

Salsa Mama is helping HappyBottoms all summer! Click here to learn more!

Talbots Shopping Event-Shop at Talbots at Town Center on October 23rd from 4pm-8pm and mention you are supporting HappyBottoms. Talbots will donate 10% of purchase proceeds to HappyBottoms. 

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.

 

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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. 

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

Girl Scouts

Kansas Gas Service

Junior League

UMKC Students

P&G

Church of the Resurrection

MidAmerica Nazarene University

Building Better Moms

Baby Grace

Hope Builders

KCKCC Nursing

Belinder Elementary

American Academy of Family Physicians

CC-South

UpperRoom

NCL

Phoenix Family

CCKCSJ

Holy Trinity Church

GOTR

Did you know?

We can turn
$10 into a months
worth of diapers

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 buys diapers at highly discounted rates from nonprofit channels including the National DIaper Bank Network and Huggies. Then we give the diapers to our partner agencies, which distribute them among the families they serve. We can’t give diapers directly to families for a variety of reasons. So if your family would like to receive diapers, please click here for a list our partner agencies who have agreed to provide emergency diapers.

Does your agency or group want to receive diapers?

HappyBottoms is not currently accepting new Partner Applications. Starting in 2015, we will be accepting Partner Applications and adding new partners up to twice a year, depending on our capacity to serve additional clients. If we plan to add new agencies, we will post the link to our online application onJanuary 1 and July 1, so please check back on those dates to apply.  (Application deadlines will be February 1 and August 1.) Please note, we will only consider agencies that have completed our online application, and agencies with applications over 12 months old will be asked to reapply.  Please contact partners@happybottoms.org with any questions.


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:


Current Partners

We’re proud to provide diapers to these organizations. 

About

Life, Liberty &
Diapers for All

We Are Kansas City’s Diaper Bank

Our mission: working with our partners to provide diapers to low-income families through donations, both financial and in-kind while raising awareness of the need for diapers.


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 and Children) don’t cover the purchase of diapers.
  2. Diapers are expensive — plus cost exponentially more at inner-city convenience stores compared to big-box stores or online.
  3. Cloth isn’t an option for the families we serve. If you’re poor, you probably don’t own a washing machine, and some Laundromats don’t allow cloth diapers. Additionally, licensed day care centers, especially the free and subsidized kind, don’t accept cloth diapers.
  1. If a family can’t afford diapers, a baby will spend extended periods, sometimes days, in the same soiled diaper. This amplifies the risk of numerous health problems, including diaper rash, and may be linked to an increased rate of hepatitis.
  2. Unhappy babies are crying babies. And crying babies are more likely to be abused by already stressed-out caregivers.


​* Source: United Community Services of Johnson County.


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 relocated with her family to the Twin Cities for a few years and found a team that continues HappyBottoms’ mission. She moved back to KC and stays connected as the Founding Director on the HB Board and will always be a HappyBottoms advocate.


Happening People Who Helped This Happen

A special thank-you goes to The National Diaper Bank Network for its leadership and support of diaper banks nationwide, Huggies and The Diaper Bank. These organizations are amazing. 


Board of Directors

Rob Bensman-HighTower Group

Linda Cavanaugh – Community Volunteer

Seth Chaikin – Grant Thornton

Jill Gaikowski – Founding Director

Bebe Kemper - Community Volunteer

Tess Koppelman – WDAF TV FOX 4

Abel Mojica-Tortoise Capital Advisors

Patt Papenfuhs – Ronald McDonald House Charities

Bob Parker, CPA - Board Treasurer - TPP Certified Public Accountants, LLC

Sister Berta Sailer – Co-Founder/Co-Director Operation Breakthrough

Bernie Schroer - CBIZ

Karla Shepard – Board Secretary –  Seigfreid Bingham, PC

Liz Sutherlin – Board President – Community Volunteer

Pam Sutherlin – Community Volunteer 

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?

Complete our online Partner Application to see if your agency qualifies to receive diapers. Please note: we have a waiting list that may delay responses, and we cannot give diapers to individual families. Due to staff limits, we also cannot respond to requests from individual families asking for diapers.

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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