Josh Turner at Stand Up Live benefiting The Great Diaper Drive
October 15 at 7PM
Help Support Babies In Our Community!
Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12.5 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the esteemed Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2017 Billboard No. 1 release, Deep South,Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.
Turner released his sixth studio album Deep South in March featuring the #1 hit single “Hometown Girl.”Turner shares, “I’ve lived a lot of life since the release of my last album (Punching Bag) and I’ve learned a lot during the making of this album. I have grown as a writer and as an artist. It’s been cool to see this culmination of life and lessons and age boiled down into this project and I am really proud of Deep South.”Turner wrote four of the 11 tracks on the highly-anticipated album including the title track and he is impressing fans and critics alike.
Rolling Stone declares that Turner, with his “river deep baritone,” delivers an “eagerly awaited album from a country purist.” PEOPLE Magazine says the “Nashville veteran flaunts his deep bass” on Deep South and that the album is “an ode to down-home staples, from finding that perfect love on ‘Hometown Girl’ to savoring the laid-back life on the title track.”
Turner checked off another bucket list item when he added author to his list of accomplishments. His first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood was released in 2014. As highlighted in the book, the Hannah, S.C. native has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student, Turner had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools.
Why is there a Great Diaper Drive?
Most in our community are one or two paychecks away from financial dire straits. Many parents struggle to afford diapers. They’re forced to choose between food, medicine, rent, light bill, gas to get to work or diapers.
What’s happening? Babies stay in dirty diapers longer, parents recycle dirty diapers, or create makeshift diapers using stuff around the house including rags/tissue and grocery bags. All this leads to health issues, neglect and increases a baby’s chances for physical abuse.
· Nearly 1 in 3 low-income families struggle to afford enough diapers.
· Low income families spend twice as much on diapers as families that have access to bulk buying options.
· There’s no federal assistance for purchasing diapers. This includes older special needs kids. Diapers are considered a luxury item.
· The majority of daycares don’t accept cloth diapers. If a baby doesn’t go to daycare, parents can’t go to work.
The Great Diaper Drive was created to help babies in our community. This year marks number five. In 2016 we achieved a major milestone - establishing a diaper bank through The Food Bank of North Alabama.
This year we’re encouraging people to host a diaper shower with their favorite group of people, then donate the diapers. Businesses, individuals, friends and family come together and donate. We accept disposable diapers, cloth diapers, wipes and monetary donations. The cloth diapers are donated to the cloth diaper bank.
Showers for the Great Diaper Drive are going on now. They lead up to our drive October 9 – 20 at local Walmart stores.
So why not cloth diapers? Many of our beneficiaries are in transition housing, shelters or don’t have washers and dryers. All most all of the daycares servicing this community don’t accept cloth diapers. Bottom line it’s more stress on a family already coming apart at the seams.
Last but not least - Diapers and wipes collected stay in the Tennessee Valley. Last year we collected 125K diapers and wipes. They were gone inside of a month.
The Great Diaper Drive is supported by WHNT News 19, Rocket City Mom and iHeartMedia.