More space needed to hold donated diapers

Jun. 05, 2014 @ 04:14 PM

Durham’s diapers are overflowing.
On Thursday, just a few days after Michelle Old discovered bare shelves courtesy of criminals making off with 13,000 diapers, the executive director of the Diaper Bank of North Carolina struggled to find space to hold everyone’s generosity.
“Loving people from all over the country and all of the major diaper companies have reached out to us and are donating over 80,000 diapers to us as early as (Friday),” Old said in a statement. “This is great news for Durham and our communities’ little ones.”
This morning, 40,000 diapers are expected to arrive from Pampers, followed by shipments from Huggies and The Honest Company.
Since Monday, the organization has brought in more than half the total disposable diapers contributed for needy families that were collected in the year since the diaper bank opened its doors.
That’s great news, given the dilemma Old feared that impoverished families would face if the diaper bank couldn’t keep supplying diapers. She had worried about the proliferation of diaper rash and parents having to wash and re-use disposable diapers.
Now, without a doubt, the bank can keep those bottoms covered this week and beyond. But she needs space to store them all.
She said “the space that we are moving the diapers to is temporary and we are on the hunt for a permanent clean, dry space donated to store our diapers.”
Old can be reached by email at info@diaperbanknc.org and by phone at 919-451-9071.

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