The Raleigh Moms Group, a growing local Facebook group, will host a diaper drive this month.
It's 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Aug. 13, at CrossFit Sua Sponte, 6675 Falls of Neuse Rd., in north Raleigh. The group will be collecting diapers at that time at the business.
The diapers will go to Diaper Train, a project of the Saint Savior's Center, a community outreach center in Raleigh. Allene Adams, coordinator of the program, says that right now supplies are running really low.
The diapers are distributed to low income families in Wake County through partner organizations including Habitat for Humanity, StepUp Ministries, Growing Together Preschool, the Salvation Army and Raleigh Rescue Mission. Disposable diapers can be an overwhelming expense for families, costing up to $80 per month.
The Diaper Train, started in 2010, is Raleigh's first dedicated diaper bank and a member of The National Diaper Bank Network. Last year, the group distributed 65,000 diapers. In the first six months of 2012, they provided 90,000.
According to the group, one grandmother, who had just been given custody of her 18-month-old and three-year-old grandchildren, burst into tears when she received the diapers, saying “I did not know how I was going to do this.”
This sounds like a fantastic group and a great opportunity to help out, which is just what the Raleigh Moms Group is going to do.
Betsy Coley, founder of the Raleigh Moms Group, said the Facebook group focuses on helping moms through the everyday challenges of motherhood. Members, which total more than 330, include expectant mothers to experienced moms with grown children.
"It's proven to be an amazing forum for mothers to ask questions, share advice and gain encouragement," she tells me.