Since the weekend theft of almost 13,000 diapers from the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, individuals and some major companies have stepped up to help the nonprofit recover.
Huggies, according to its Facebook page, plans to donate twice the number of diapers stolen. And Pampers, according to its Facebook page, will be donating 40,000 diapers and wipes to the Durham-based group.
The group also has received about 6,000 diapers from business owner Justin Freeman of FreeCo, Inc., in Fayetteville, said Michelle Old, the diaper bank executive director. And individuals have rallied to donate at least another 200 boxes of diapers. The Diaper Bank has launched Operation Re-Cover to replenish its diaper stock.
Old says she's been overwhelmed by people's generosity.
"This has been a challenging few days for us at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina," says the Diaper Bank's Facebook page. "On Monday morning, we discovered that 13,000 diapers — generously donated by community members — had been stolen from our facility. But this heartbreaking event has sparked an amazing outpouring of love and support from folks locally and across the country. Your emails, pledges of help, and gifts of diapers have sustained our faith and our ability to carry on with the mission to cover little bottoms."
The group has worked to add extra security measures to prevent another theft. The Diaper Bank, which was founded in January 2013, provides diapers to needy families through existing support agencies, including Urban Ministries, Welcome Baby and Healthy Families Durham.
To help the group, people can donate via Amazon.
You also can drop off diapers and wipes at these locations:
Bull City Craft, 2501 University Drive in Durham
Stay & Play Snack Cafe, 405A E. Chapel Hill St. in Durham
Chapel Hill Children’s Clinic, 01 Kildaire Road #200 in Chapel Hill
The group is happy to accept already opened boxes and bags of diapers. So if you have some diapers at your home that your kids are too big for, this is a great way to get rid of them.