Thieves who stole 13,000 diapers – a full week’s supply for hundreds of babies in low-income families here -- actually may have been a blessing in disguise.
The Diaper Bank of North Carolina, founded in June last year, is essential for families who can’t afford to spend $24.99 on a box of 88 Pampers. Some parents try to wash and re-use disposable diapers, which can cause health problems for the babies. To get an idea of the scope of need, the Diaper Bank distributed 139,000 in 11 months.
While the theft last weekend wiped out the bank’s supply, it also helped raise awareness of the need the organization fills. As word spread, people and corporations responded to the plight. Michelle Old of the Diaper Bank said that the bank was receiving more than 80,000 diaper donations, including from Pampers, Huggies and The Honest Company.
This week’s Grit Award honors Old and the Diaper Bank for the good work they do in the community, and the generous hearts of those who came to the rescue when there were children in need.