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Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive

May is our annual Bare Bottom Diaper Drive month. Help provide diapers for a family in need by donating unopened or opened packages of disposable diapers or designating funds to purchase diapers.

Bare Bottom Diaper Drive

Providing for your baby shouldn’t be a struggle.

The Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive was started when passionate volunteer Kristina Prins discovered that there was a connection between diaper need and food insecure families. Started in 2013, this campaign not only collects over 130,000 diapers annually but generates important awareness around the issue of diaper need in our city. The Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive runs all year long with a blitz month in May.

A baby uses on average eight diapers a day which adds up to more than 2,800 diapers a year. They are expensive, with the cost of diapers for one year averaging at $850 – the equivalent to a month of groceries for a family of four.

If you are already struggling to put food on the table, imagine what the cost of diapers will do to your budget. That is why some families cut back on essentials, like food, utilities, and medicine in order to afford enough diapers for their children. This adds tension to the already difficult task of parenting and a baby’s emotional and physical health can suffer when exposed to stressful environments for long periods of time.

Kristina Prins at Bare Bottom Diaper Drive in 2013
Kristina Prins at Bare Bottom Diaper Drive in 2013

Drop-off locations

Donate opened or unopened packages of diapers at one of the locations listed below or at your local grocery store.

West Coast Kids - South

130 71 Ave SE

West Coast Kids - North

11610 Sarcee Trail NW

Trico Centre for Family Wellness

11150 Bonaventure Dr SE

Joso's Play and Learn West Springs

722 85 Street SW

Joso's Play and Learn Creekside

#100, 12018 Symons Valley Rd NW

Southland Registrations Ltd.

#106B, 9705 Horton Rd SW

Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd.

#66, 4307 130 Ave SE

Registries Plus Inc.

#20, 150 52 St NE

Northeast Registries - Taradale

#505, 6520 Falconridge Blvd NE

Northeast Registries - Sunridge

2766 32 St NE

Crowfoot Plates Registry

49 Crowfoot Way NW

Calgary Registry Services Ltd.

#312, 5149 Country Hills Blvd NW

A-Plus Registry Services Ltd.

#114, 3604 52 Ave NW

Wildflower Arts Centre

3363 Spruce Drive SW

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Village Square Leisure Centre

2623 56 Street NE

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Thornhill Aquatic Centre

6715 Centre Street NW

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Southland Leisure Centre

2000 Southland Drive SW

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic and Fitness Centre

1520 Northmount Drive NW

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Shouldice Aquatic Centre

5303 Bowness Road NW

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Renfrew Aquatic and Recreation Centre

810 13 Avenue NE

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Killarney Aquatic and Recreation Centre

1919 29 Street SW

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Inglewood Aquatic Centre

1527 17 Avenue SE

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Glenmore Aquatic Centre

5330 19 Street SW

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Canyon Meadows Aquatic Centre

89 Canova Road SW

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Foothills Aquatic Centre

2915 24 Avenue NW

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Bob Bahan Aquatic Centre

4812 14 Ave SE

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Calgary Soccer Centre

7000 48 Street SE

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Acadia Aquatic and Fitness Centre

9009 Fairmount Dr SE

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

Beltline Aquatic and Fitness Centre

221 12 Ave SW

Drop-ff Dates: May 6 – 17, 2019

AHS – Thornhill Community Health Centre

6617 Centre St NW

Calgary Food Bank

5000 – 11 Street SE
Daytime hours Evening hours
Monday 1 – 3:30 p.m.  6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.   6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Friday 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

AHS – Northwest Community Health Centre

109, 1829 Ranchlands Blvd. NW

AHS – Acadia Community Health Centre

132, 151 86 Ave SE

AHS – East Community Health Centre

4715 8 Ave SE

AHS – South Community Health Centre

31 Sunpark Plaza SE, 2nd Floor

Glamorgan Bakery

#19, 3919 Richmond Road SW
May 6-12, 2019

Kids & Co - Midlake

15425 Bannister Road SE

Kids U - Braeside

11422 Braeside Dr SW

Kids & Co - Royal Oak

#7243, 8650 – 112 AVE NW

Kids U - New Brighton

1035 New Brighton Dr SE

Kids U - West 85th

#430, 8560 8A Ave SW

Kids U - Centennial

#505, 555 2 Ave SW

Glamorgan Bakery (May 6 – 12)

19, 3919 Richmond Road SW
City of Calgary Recreation Centres (May 6 – 17)
SOUTHEAST LOCATIONS

Acadia Aquatic and Fitness Centre
9009 Fairmount Drive SE

Bob Bahan Aquatic Centre
4812 14 Avenue SE

Calgary Soccer Centre
7000 48 Street SE

Inglewood Aquatic Centre
1527 17 Avenue SE

SOUTHWEST LOCATIONS

Beltline Aquatic and Fitness Centre
221 12 Avenue SW

Canyon Meadows Aquatic Centre
89 Canova Road SW

Glenmore Aquatic Centre

5330 19 Street SW

Killarney Aquatic and Recreation Centre
1919 29 Street SW

Southland Leisure Centre
2000 Southland Drive SW

Wildflower Arts Centre
3363 Spruce Drive SW

NORTHWEST LOCATIONS

Foothills Aquatic Centre
2915 24 Avenue NW

Shouldice Aquatic Centre
5303 Bowness Road NW

Sir Winston Churchill Aquatic and Fitness Centre
1520 Northmount Drive NW

Thornhill Aquatic Centre
6715 Centre Street NW

NORTHEAST LOCATIONS

Renfrew Aquatic and Recreation Centre
810 13 Avenue NE

Village Square Leisure Centre
2623 56 Street NE

Joso's Play and Learn (May 8 – 27)

Joso’s Play and Learn Creekside
100, 12018 Symons Valley Rd NW

Joso’s Play and Learn West Springs
722, 85 Street SW

Trico Centre for Family Wellness (May 11 – 20)

Trico Centre for Family Wellness
11150 Bonaventure Dr SE

West Coast Kids (May 11 – 26)

West Coast Kids North
11610 Sarcee Trail NW

West Coast Kids South
130 71 Ave SE

Kids U (May 1 – 30)

Kids U – New Brighton
1035 New Brighton Dr SE

Kids U – West 85th
430, 8560 8A Ave SW

Kids U – Centennial

505, 555 2 Ave SW

Kids U – Braeside

11422 Braeside Dr SW

Kids & Co (May 1 – 30)

Kids & Co – Royal Oak
7243, 8650 – 112 AVE NW

Kids & Co – Midlake

15425 Bannister Road SE
Calgary Public Libraries (May 1-31)
SOUTHEAST LOCATIONS

Central Library
800 3 Street SE

Fish Creek Library
11161 Bonaventure Drive SE

Forest Lawn Library
4807 8 Avenue SE

Quarry Park Library
108 Quarry Park Road SE

Seton Library
4995 Market St SE

Shawnessy Library
333 Shawville Boulevard SE

SOUTHWEST LOCATIONS

Giuffre Family Library
3223 14 Street SW

Signal Hill Library
5994 Signal Hill Centre SW

Southwood Library
924 Southland Drive SW

Memorial Park Library
1221 2 Street SW

Nicholls Family Library

1421 33 Street SW

NORTHWEST LOCATIONS

Bowness Library
6532 Bowness Road NW

Crowfoot Library
8665 Nose Hill Drive NW

Louise Riley Library
1904 14 Avenue NW

Nose Hill Library
1530 Northmount Drive NW

Rocky Ridge Library
1300 Rocky Ridge Road NW

Sage Hill Library
19 Sage Hill Passage NW

NORTHEAST LOCATIONS

Country Hills Library
11950 Country Village Link NE

Judith Umbach Library
6617 Centre Street N

Saddletowne Library
150, 7555 Falconridge Boulevard NE

Village Square Library
2623 56 Street NE

Alberta Registries (May & June)
SOUTHEAST LOCATIONS

Registry @ South Trail Crossing Ltd.
66, 4307 130 Ave SE

SOUTHWEST LOCATIONS

Southland Registrations Ltd.
106B, 9705 Horton Rd SW

NORTHWEST LOCATIONS

A-Plus Registry Services Ltd.
114, 3604 52 Ave NW

Calgary Registry Services Ltd.
312, 5149 Country Hills Blvd NW

Crowfoot Plates Registry
49 Crowfoot Way NW

NORTHEAST LOCATIONS

Northeast Registries – Sunridge
2766 32 St NE

Northeast Registries – Taradale
505, 6520 Falconridge Blvd NE

Registries Plus Inc.
20, 150 52 St NE

Calgary Food Bank (Year Round)

5000 – 11 Street SE

DIRECTIONS
Bus #30
Please contact Calgary Transit to get more information, call 403-262-1000 or visit the website.

HOURS
Monday
1 – 3:30 pm
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
10:30 am – 3:30 pm
6:30 – 7:30 pm

Friday
10:30 am – 3:30 pm

Alberta Health Services Centres (Year Round)

Thornhill Community Health Centre
6617 Centre St NW

Northwest Community Health Centre
109, 1829 Ranchlands Blvd. NW

Acadia Community Health Centre
132, 151 86 Ave SE

East Community Health Centre
4715 8 Ave SE

South Community Health Centre
31 Sunpark Plaza SE, 2nd Floor

Thank you to the following businesses who are holding a diaper drive with their clients.

Agape Hospice | BrightPath | Columbia College Child Care and Early Education Centre | Kids & CO | Kids U | Panda Child Development Centre

Did You know?

2018 Fast Facts

families who received diapers

total diapers distributed

diapers collected by Bare Bottoms
What you need to know

Frequently Asked Questions

What is diaper need?

Diaper need is the struggle to provide babies and small children with clean diapers. Some families have to cut back on essentials, like food, utilities, medicine, and child care in order to afford enough diapers for their children.

What are the effects of diaper need?

In households experiencing diaper need, babies may be kept in wet, dirty diapers for extended periods of time. In extreme cases, babies may wear the same diaper for more than a day or use diapers that have been cleaned or dried out. For the caregiver, this adds stress and tension to the already difficult task of parenting and has been found to increase the rates of post-partum depression in mothers. For the baby, this can result in diaper rash, discomfort, and other detrimental health issues. A baby’s emotional and physical health suffers when exposed to stressful environments for long periods of time. Excessive crying, often the result of diaper rash or discomfort, is the number one cause of child abuse.

Why do you only collect disposable diapers?

Our focus is on collecting disposable diapers because this is what our clients need most. Many of our clients only access the food bank resources once, while others may not have access to laundry facilities in order to wash and maintain cloth diapers. For those that are interested in using cloth diapers, we can refer them to other community resources that can assist them.

Can I donate cloth diapers?

Yes, we will redistribute cloth diapers to other local organizations, or alternatively you can donate cloth diapers directly to Babies in Cloth or Neighbourlink.

How can I get involved with this campaign?

The easiest way to help is to spread the word and educate people about diaper need. Let friends and family know how easy it is to donate to help babies and families in need. You can host your own diaper collection at work, schools, clubs or churches. Or ask guests to bring a diaper donation in lieu of gifts to parties. For more information, contact Tara Sarjoo at 403-319-0829 or by email

Does the Food Bank purchase diapers?

Our mandate is to provide emergency food support and therefore we generally do not use funds to purchase diapers. We rely on diaper or designated fund donations to meet the need of our baby hampers.

Does the Food Bank purchase diapers?

Our mandate is to provide emergency food support and therefore we generally do not use funds to purchase diapers. We rely on diaper or designated fund donations to meet the need of our baby hampers.

Can I donate opened packages?

Yes! New and opened packages of diapers, swim diapers and training pants are always welcomed.

What sizes of diapers are most needed?

All sizes are needed, however the larger sizes (4-6) are always in short supply since babies and small children use these sizes longer than the small newborn sizes.

Is Bare Bottoms a registered charity or non-profit?

No. Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive is organized and run by a committee of volunteers in support of the Calgary Food Bank. Visit the Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive website.

How can I start my own collection?

The Bare Bottom Diaper Drive runs all year long with a blitz month is taking place in May, with a special weekend event at the Calgary Farmer’s Market on the Mother’s Day weekend.

Please contact Tara Sarjoo at 403-319-0829 or by email if you’d like help with organizing a diaper donation drop off, posters for your collection and to register your event with the Calgary Food Bank. By registering with the food bank we can come pick up your donations!

Want to know more?

Get in touch

Contact Tara Sarjoo by email or call 403-319-0829.
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