Episode 13: Our guest is Crystal Parks, a Jacksonville native and the founder of Diaper Bank for Northeast Florida. In this episode we talk with Crystal about what led her to start the Jax Diaper Bank, her drive to fill a need for parents in North Florida, and the challenges that come with launching a non-profit.
Episode 13: Show Notes
Episode 13: About our Guest
Crystal Parks is a Jacksonville native and founder of the Diaper Bank for Northeast Florida. She founded the Diaper Bank in October 2019 after learning that one in three U.S. families struggle to afford diapers and government benefits cannot be used to purchase diapers or baby wipes. Being a mom of a toddler, Crystal understands the importance of keeping a baby or toddler clean, dry and healthy. She never once thought of diapers being the one basic need that many parents struggle to buy. Crystal currently distributes up to 8,000 diapers a month. These necessary supplies go to local nonprofit organizations that serve families in need of diapers and other diaper-related products.
About Diaper Bank for Northeast Florida
The Diaper Bank for Northeast Florida is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. It was formed as an effort to streamline the collection and distribution of diapers to low-income families across Northeast Florida. At the same time, they raise awareness that “basic human needs” include diapers.
With diapers and financial contributions from the community, their goal is to build a sustainable diaper bank that will serve as a resource for existing social service organizations and their clients who experience diaper need. Through these collaborative partnerships, low-income families across Northeast Florida will gain access to an adequate supply of diapers and diaper-related products. By working with organizations that are already well established in the community, they can be sure that the diapers collected are distributed in the most efficient and timely manner.