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Individuals, companies rally to help Diaper Bank of North Carolina

Posted June 5

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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  • PDMARTIN Jun 5, 12:31 p.m.

    Why are you two so angry? It's a diaper for goodness sake. I suppose you have to complain about something. Would you rather see naked bottoms? The stuff you people complain about......insane.

  • LoriBelle Jun 5, 1:52 p.m.

    How about compassion? If the right gets their way, there will be even more babies -- no exemption for rape/mother's health for abortion and no birth control.

    As far as cloth diapers, some people don't have a w/d sitting around.

    Honestly, it's obvious that you have never had a need in your life. Shameful, just shameful.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Jun 5, 1:59 p.m.

    Diaper Bank?? If you can't afford to take care of YOUR child, do you really need to have keep... View More

    — Posted by littleriver69

    So, like me, you're pro-choice on-demand without explanation to anyone?

    IMO, we (taxpayers) should pay for all birthcontrol for anyone who wants it...at any age that it's safe for...and include comprehensive biology-based sex education. These three things (mostly the eduction, actually) would reduce all of the things that The Right tells us that they want to reduce. AND...it's pro-freedom & less government interference in people's personal lives. Win-Win-Win.

    Still want to complain about a problem that we can fix?

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 5, 2:01 p.m.

    If you can not afford diapers for you baby, then maybe you should have used some type of birth... View More

    — Posted by caronia49

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    Some of you step right in, thinking you have all the answers when your comments show, you don't have all the facts.

    First of all, sometimes babies just happen, unplanned.
    At least these people are trying to take care of their baby right by having clean diapers for them.
    And for others saying the answer is cloth diapers, some are so poor, they don't even have a stove or fridge, yet you seem to think they have a washer/dryer to wash cloth diapers, or the $$$ to go to a laundromat every day or every other.
    Get a grip!!!
    If the shoe has never been on your foot, the chance of you having a full grasp of their life is remote, and your judging them is not only unfair, it's sinful.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 5, 2:04 p.m.

    I'm heartened to see that most of the comments channel my thoughts on this. As long as you can... View More

    — Posted by Dirty_Water

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    Diapers to provide cleanliness for one's baby is NOT a WANT, it's a NEED.

    In today's world, far too many get those two confused, and personally, I find that tragic.

    A NEED is something one cannot easily live without.
    A WANT is something one can easily do without.

    Cleanliness is a NEED, not a want. k

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jun 5, 2:08 p.m.

    And for those of you dissing the needy, let me enlighten you.

    Many on government programs DO WORK, many work minimum wage jobs that don't provide enough wages to keep a flea alive.

    And if you've ever stuffed your face at McDonald's, KFC, Taco Bell, etc., or shopped at Walmart, Target or Kmart, or a grocery, pharmacy chain or home improvements chain, etc. - YOU are part of the problem, and are NOT part of any solution to it.

    Stop patronizing minimum wage paying businesses forcing them to pay REALISTIC wages to people, and welfare will only be needed then for the elderly and disabled.

    And don't use the excuse of (well if these places paid more, their goods would cost more). Australia raised the lowest tier on their wage laws to $10 an hour, and there was no appreciable rise in the cost of goods of those employers with employees within that tier.

  • wildween Jun 5, 2:18 p.m.

    And for those of you dissing the needy, let me enlighten you.

    Many on government programs DO... View More

    — Posted by "Screen Name-8/20"

    So you want someone who made your burger to be paid $15 a hour? That is more than some nurses, nurses aides make at their jobs that require education and a specific skillset. A minimum wage job is exactly that, a minimum wage for a minimum skillset. It is meant as a stepping stone, not lifetime employment.

    I am not part of the problem, the lack of education ( High School graduation, college, and/or trade school) is the problem. Don't blame me if Mr X at Mickey D's quit high school and a minimum wage job is all he is qualified to do. That is HIS fault.

  • 50s Child Jun 5, 2:28 p.m.

    "Honestly, it's obvious that you have never had a need in your life. Shameful, just shameful."

    Yes, it's a shame I was born to parents who worked to support their children. Want to see the poster child for encouraging the cycle of impoverished kids? Its name is Loribelle.

  • 50s Child Jun 5, 2:33 p.m.

    Godless, I agree with you and yes, I'm pro-choice, no justification needed.

    BUT you can offer free birth control all you want. The women who have babies in order to collect more free cash will not use it. They don't have babies to love, they have babies to get a "raise".

    Stop the ridiculous "diaper banks", stop the free day care laughingly called "pre-k", stop all payments based on "family" size and make it a flat monthly amount from one source - no WIC/EBT/TANF/SNAP/Sect 8/ and no increases for having more kids. They get a check, they better learn to budget. That'll fix it within a year.

  • 50s Child Jun 5, 2:35 p.m.

    Aye Dare, it's not your place to decide who's a sinner. "k".

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