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Individuals, companies rally to help Diaper Bank of North Carolina

Posted June 5, 2014

Courtesy: Facebook

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.



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  • eastwitch Jun 6, 2014

    buy cloth diapers & wash & reuse them!

  • 50s Child Jun 6, 2014

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    Inside job? Nothing like a few cartons of disposable diapers and an out-of-the-way parking lot to boost one's income.

  • snowl Jun 6, 2014

    Investigation? Why were these so easy to steal from this organization? Now they know what to do when there is a shortage.....(just call the media). Great response. Hopefully this won't spark any copy-cats.

  • 50s Child Jun 5, 2014

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    Razor, when I have to pay their bills, it becomes my business. Sorry that gives you a "sad".

  • Jun 5, 2014

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    I'm trying to remember that time. Please help me out here. Was it the 1850's? The 1920's? The 1930's? 40's? 50's? Because all I've been able to find is that the birth rate has been in gradual decline all of that time. Remember when having a passel of chilluns was the only way to have enough help on your dirt poor farm? That you had to have many babies if you wanted a few to survive to adulthood? So please, help me out here and tell us exactly when this magical era you refer to existed.

  • razor2 Jun 5, 2014

    The responses to this story show just how much compassion understanding and charity lessons that many of you need to learn..
    Its sad to see fellow humans react like they do too situations where people need assistance. Its not about you its about people who are in situations that are in most cases doing the best they can... so sorry it doesnt meet your standards. Not everyone has the good fortune that you enjoy. People have children due to many reasons planned or not its not for you to judge how it happened or if it should . The conversation should be about how to help the parents to get into a situation where they can provide these things without help. It should be about taking a stand against the trickle down economics that steal from the middle class and poor to make the wealthy more wealthy. Income inequality is the biggest reason for crime and dispair in our country and most of you contribute to it by feeding into the political hype that creates it.

  • Beth Pearce Jun 5, 2014
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    How about women just stop breeding! That would be a start!

  • Vietnam Vet Jun 5, 2014

    You know there was a time that if you couldn't afford having children, (ie: you couldn't afford diapers or food etc.) you simply didn't have children. There weren't dozens of agencies to give you a handout. The individual took responsibility for his/her actions and it was up to the families to help their relatives through the tough times, and not the responsibility of the taxpayer

  • PowderedToastMan Jun 5, 2014

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    That response makes no sense. Diapers don't put food on the table either. If you can't put food on the table or diapers on your kids, don't have them.

  • PowderedToastMan Jun 5, 2014

    If you can't afford diapers, then you shouldn't be having kids.