.September 24, 2022
235 Diley Road
Pickerington, Ohio 43147
Peace United Methodist Church
9:30 am - 11:30 am
Bottoms Up Diaper Drive
Tim and Jo Welsh are lifelong residents of Fairfield County, have been married for 43 years, and have always had a heart for the less fortunate.
They started Bottoms Up as a celebration of their 40th wedding anniversary. The goal was to collect 40 boxes of diapers (one for each year they had been married) and distribute those boxes to the poor through food pantries, child care facilities, domestic abuse shelters, etc. Much to their surprise, they received more than 80 boxes of donated diapers delivered to their front porch.
And, it grew from there. Today, Bottoms Up delivers more than 65,000 diapers to its 75 community partners (food pantries, child care facilities, domestic abuse shelters, substance addiction recovery centers, hospitals, etc.) in 13 Ohio Counties. In 2020 Bottoms Up provided 556,318 diapers to our partners in Central Ohio.
Our community partners did not have a consistent supply of diapers for their clients before Bottoms Up. Typically, they would purchase them if possible, or they would receive diapers donated from supporters but nothing consistent. Bottoms Up makes a commitment to the community partners to deliver diapers in the sizes they need on a consistent basis to serve their clients.
Many stories are anecdotal--Clients cry when they are handed diapers in the sizes they need. A young mom coming out of recovery needs diapers to be able to spend the day with her kids to work toward custody. A mom coming home from the hospital with a new baby without family support and does not know how she will get diapers when she runs out in a few days.
Keeping a baby clean, dry, and healthy eliminates diaper rash, psychological issues for mother and child, and other health issues arising from diaper need. Supplying diapers to these mothers for their children saves the community inestimable resources that would be spent on health issues (large and small) as a result of the dramatic need for clean, dry diapers.
GET RID OF ITEMS FROM HOME AND WORK. MAKE A DONATION TO HELP OUR LOCAL SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS IN NEED OF CLOTHING TO STAY WARM AND SAFE THIS WINTER!!
We will also collect donations of non-perishable food (and coats (as well as hats, scarves and gloves/mittens) to help PLSD students and other families in our community!!
Thank you to everyone in our community who helped promote and participate in our 6th annual Shred, Food and Clothing drive which was held on September 11, 2021. Thanks to your amazing generosity, we collected several coats to donate to the children in our Pickerington Local School system as well as several bags of food and cash donations totaling $3,325.60 to donate to the Bottoms Up Diaper Drive to assist families in the Pickerington Community, a need which is greater than ever due to the pandemic. We are so grateful to our community for another successful year!
We sincerely apologize to those whose shredding donations could not be accepted after 11:30am. We rented the maximum number of trucks possible and collected more than what the trucks were supposed to accept. To protect your confidential information, donations could not be accepted which would not fit securely on the truck. We will certainly explore adjustments which can be made for next year's event..
Pickerington Shred it Day
10991 National Road
Pataskala, OH 43062
670 Windmiller Dr.
Pickerington, OH 43147