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Thief depletes diaper bank

Posted June 2, 2014


— The Diaper Bank of North Carolina was robbed over the weekend, and organizers are putting out the call for your help.

"We estimate a loss of between 10,000 and 13,000 diapers,” said Michelle Old, diaper bank executive director. Those diapers are only worth about $5,000, Old said, but they can help hundreds of needy families.

The Diaper Bank has set up both in-person and online ways to donate so that the supply can be boosted. Diapers in sizes 4 and 5 are especially needed, Old said.

Donate via Amazon at:

Or at:

  • 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



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  • Namey Names Jun 3, 2014
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    All I know is if I'm going to have a child, I'm going to make sure I have sufficient money afford the bare necessities like food, clothes, and hygiene products (ex: diapers).

    It's a shame someone would steal from anyone, let alone a non-profit - but at the same time I still think too many people depend on "handouts" now adays. Children just don't fall out of the sky into your home - there are numerous ways, many free, to prevent having children during a time you cannot afford one.

    Sorry for my little rant....

  • 50s Child Jun 3, 2014

    I have to wonder about that lack of access to washing machines. There seems to be a great deal of opportunism among "the families" of certain cultures. I wonder how much cash a box of size 5 disposable diapers fetches? I wonder if these "families" are screened and tracked as to use?

    There's also the desire on the part of these organizations to extend their own existences. Imagine if every "family" used cloth diapers and only came in once instead of three, four times a'd make for a slow day and layoffs....maybe even at the director level. Oh, and I could not find on the Diaper Bank's website where they get the money to pay their staffs.

  • pinkletoes Jun 3, 2014

    Many people who need donations of diapers don't have easy access to a washing machine. I can't imagine carrying a bag of dirty diapers on a city bus to a laundromat. I'm a huge proponent of cloth (we use it), but sometimes it's not a feasible option.

  • TheMunn Jun 3, 2014

    RKING4 I have been in contact with the diaper bank about cloth diapers. They currently don't have the space to accept cloth diaper donations but they are working on it. In the meantime they recommended to me contacting the Welcome Baby program about a potential for cloth diaper donations.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jun 2, 2014
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    SMH, stealing from babies.