About Babycycle

About Babycycle

Babycycle is South Pinellas County’s only community diaper bank. Babycycle serves low-income children ages 0-12. At Babycycle, our mission is to provide as many children as possible with clean diapers, wipes, clean clothing, food and other basic necessities. In 2018, we served 142,043 children in the Tampa Bay area through our partner agencies.

Diaper Need

We firmly believe that it is every child’s basic right to have access to clean diapers. Leaving children in dirty diapers not only affects their physical health, but also their emotional well-being. The inability to provide their children with a sufficient supply of diapers also negatively affects the mental and emotional health of parents; ultimately causing damage to the parent-child relationship. Statistics show that one in three parents struggle to provide their children with the needed amount of clean diapers. That means, one in three children are sitting in unclean diapers for extended periods of time, placing them at high risk for severe diaper rash and infections.

Diapers are not covered by any government assistance programs, even though diapers are a necessity for EVERY child. According to the National Diaper Bank Network:

  • Without diapers, babies cannot participate in early childhood education programs. Without child care, parents cannot go to work.
  • Children that participate in early childhood education are almost 3 times more likely to go on to higher education.

 

Our Partners Agencies

  • Alpha House
  • Babies Lives Matter Foundation Inc.
  • Boley Centers
  • CASA
  • Community Health Centers of Pinellas Inc.
  • Daystar Life Center
  • Family Promise
  • Feed St. Pete
  • Fostering Love
  • Foundations of Life Pregnancy Center
  • Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services
  • Hands Across the Bay
  • Healthy Start Coalition PAT +
  • High Risk Hope
  • Mothers of Minors
  • Naples Wings of Hope
  • New Beginning Community Church
  • Personal Enrichment Through Mental Health- PEMHS
  • R’Club Childcare
  • St. Mary Refugee Outreach Ministry
  • St. Petersburg Free Clinic
  • St. Petersburg High School Green Devils Pantry and Closet
  • St. Vincent de Paul CARES
  • Suncoast Center
  • Suncoast Voices for Children
  • The Cloth Option
  • Wesley United Methodist Church

About the Founder Torrie Jasuwan

Torrie started Babycycle when her two children started outgrowing their clothes and baby gear. Looking at the piles of barely used baby items she tried to find somewhere to take them that went directly to children in need. Overwhelmed by calling numerous organizations who only had a need for one or two of the items she had, she saw the need for a charitable organization which could distribute all baby items to the community organizations that needed them most. Through her work in St. Petersburg Exchange Club and Junior League of St. Petersburg she found the charities that needed these items, created Babycycle and made it her mission for no child to go without food, diapers, clothing or other necessities.

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