Doing Goods: Hope Supply Co.
We are excited to kick-off Doing Goods, a monthly series where we will spotlight and support people and organizations who are doing good in their neighborhood. This month, join us in Doing Goods as we support Hope Supply Co, a nonprofit that provides critical essentials and school supplies to children in need throughout North Texas.
Want to get involved? Come by this weekend, August 9th-11th, where we will donate 10% of all retail sales to Hope Supply Co and continue with a donation drive through the 25th, in-store.
Donate these new or gently used items:
- New Diapers/Pull-ups (opened boxes or packages are OK, we will re-package them!)
- New Baby wipes
- New Hygiene items
- School supplies
Earlier this week, a few members of our team went to their facilities to get to know them and see their hard work in action! Check out our interview with the Hope Supply Co. team below.
Tell us about Hope Supply Co. and how'd it get started?
Hope Supply Co., formerly known as Captain Hope's Kids, was founded in 1989 as The Hope Foundation for the Homeless, serving as a clearinghouse of donated resources. During the early 1990's, mothers with babies and children became the fastest growing segment of the homeless population. For 30 years, we continue to meet the critical needs of homeless and at-risk children across North Texas by providing necessities including diapers, clothing, school supplies, toys and programs to enhance their lives.
What's the main message you are trying to share with the community?
We raise awareness of Diaper Need in our community. Our families struggle to make ends meet and to make matters worse, no state or federal funding is allocated to assist our families with the purchase of diapers. After housing, utilities and food, the cost of diapers is crippling our families’ ability to create a better life.
Can you speak to the need in the area?
Diaper Need effects 1 in 3 families in America. Due to their high cost, our families are spending on average, 25% of their income on diapers alone. Diaper Need effects every aspect of their lives---some miss work due to lack of diapers as most childcare centers, even free and subsidized facilities require parents to provide a day’s supply of disposable diapers.
In North Texas, families are the fastest growing homeless population. On any given night, over 1,100 children go to sleep homeless. Hope Supply Co. is unique because we are the only nonprofit dedicated to providing diapers to our community. We served over 60,000 children last year and on average, we are distributing 50,000 diapers per week.
What or who has helped you get to where you are today?
We are fortunate to have the support of our community. Dallas is a wonderful philanthropic city with individuals and Foundations that provide us generous support. Without member of our community being willing to donate their time, talents and dollars, we would not be able to reach as many families in North Texas.
What advice would you give others who want to set off in a similar direction?
For those interested in joining the case, we urge them to do research on the causes they care about. We have many nonprofits in DFW and the right fit for everyone. We celebrate the collaboration with other agencies rather than competing
What's one thing you love about your community/neighborhood?
The enthusiasm and care that our community members show makes a difference in our mission. We have long-standing supporters to those that are just hearing of us. Together, we can create lasting change in North Texas. We are stronger together!
What has been your most exciting moment?
We are the proud 2019-2020 beneficiary of Attorneys Serving the Community. This is a great honor for us – the exposure and support we are receiving means the world to us. We are also thrilled to have the support of Neighborhood Goods!