Torrie Jasuwan started Babycycle Diaper Bank when her two children started outgrowing their clothes and baby gear. She saw the need for a charitable organization which could distribute all baby items to the community organizations that needed them most. Diapers – a necessity for every child - are not covered by any government assistance programs; in 2022, Babycycle served over 180,000 children in the Tampa Bay area and distributed over 2.6 million diapers and wipes through its partner agencies and disaster relief efforts. Jasuwan is also the owner-broker at Luxe Properties International.
Years in St. Pete
I was born in Pinellas County. I moved back in 9th grade, left for college in Jacksonville and lived in New York City, then came back in 2010.
Organizations involved in
I started my non-profit Babycyle Diaper Bank in 2012. Now, we serve over 250,000 children a year in Pinellas County and through this, I have been able to advocate over the past decade to end the state tax on diapers, which was officially eradicated this year. I am an active member of North East Exchange Club, St. Paul Catholic Church and St. Paul Catholic School Auction Committee, the Pinellas Realtor Organization and a proud partner of Baby2Baby and the National Diaper Bank Network.
What gets you out of bed every day?
My husband and children, my love for St. Petersburg, my love for Babycycle and my job as a real estate broker at Luxe Properties.
Why St. Pete?
I am a third-generation Pinellas County girl and St. Pete will always be home. I love the people here – they are so accepting, supportive and inclusive to all. It’s never boring because we are such a diverse community and everyone brings different experiences and ideas to the table.
What is one habit that you keep?
I make sure to take time out of my crazy schedule to go on date nights with my husband, and make time for my kids – attending their sports games and spending quality time together.
Who are some people that influence you?
As a child, I was obsessed with Dolly Parton and always tried to dress up like her! I still admire her today- her drive, her positive attitude and her devotion to giving back to children are so inspiring.
What is one piece of insight - a book, methodology, practice - that you would share with our readers?
Yoga calms the soul and mind. If you’re in a rut, catch a class and you’ll be surprised at the clarity that follows.
What is one thing you wish you knew about your work 3 years ago?
I wish I knew three years ago how the real estate market, insurance and interest rates would change in the future – that way, I could advise my clients on when to buy, hold or sell their commercial and residential properties.
I am running for St. Petersburg City Council, District 5. I am so excited to have the opportunity to make St. Pete a better place for ALL!