N.C. diaper bank plans emergency delivery of diapers, hygiene products for hurricane victims
Posted October 18, 2016
The Diaper Bank of North Carolina has launched an effort to deliver diapers and other necessities to communities struggling after Hurricane Matthew.
The Durham-based nonprofit is planning an emergency diaper delivery to Lumberton, where flooding has devastated the community. The bank will provide 200,000 items, including diapers, wipes, diaper cream, adult incontinence products and feminine hygiene products to organizations involved in the relief effort.
“After natural disasters, the number of people struggling to meet their most basic needs increases exponentially,” said Michelle Old, the diaper bank's executive director, in a press release. “Clean diapers are one of the basics that often gets overlooked, yet diapers are among the most sought after needs required of every infant and toddler.”
The local bank doesn't currently serve Robeson County, but the group is making the delivery to address the immediate needs for the hundreds of families displaced by the storm. The bank's Lower Cape Fear branch has already sent 50,000 diapers to agencies in hard-hit coastal counties.
Domtar, a manufacturer of diapers and adult incontinence products with a division headquartered in Raleigh, made a significant contribution toward the effort. But more support is needed. The bank's website has more information about how to help.