Portage-Summit Diaper Bank is holding the Third Annual Stuff the Truck Community Diaper Drive on July 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the West Market Plaza in Fairlawn and the Target store in Stow.
Trucks, courtesy of Penske Trucks in Akron, and volunteers will be at these locations collecting donated diapers. Portage-Summit Diaper Bank has set a minimum goal of receiving 20,000 donated diapers.
Diapers of all sizes are accepted, though more in sizes 4, 5, and 6 are needed. You can also donate opened packs and loose diapers that your child has outgrown, including swim diapers and training pants.
There are also two locations where you can donate diapers until July 14: Small Steps Big Strides Daycare, 4530 Kent Road, Stow; and I Got Your Back Massage & Wellness, 149 Portage Trail, Ste 2, Cuyahoga Falls.
Why diapers? WIC and food stamps do not pay for diapers. The National Diaper Bank Network reports that one out of three families struggle to afford diapers.
Most day cares require that parents supply a full day's supply of diapers; if a parent can't do that it can keep them from working or attending an education program that could help left them out of poverty. The social service agencies that receive diapers from Portage-Summit Diaper Bank have no budget for diapers and have had to turn families away in the past due to a lack of diaper supply.
Now, these agencies have a ready supply of diapers they receive monthly and serve anywhere from 50 to 200 families per month, depending on the size of the agency and the eligibility requirements.
If you are unable to donate diapers on July 15, you can mail a monetary donation to Portage-Summit Diaper Bank, P.O. Box 805, Kent 44240.
Portage-Summit Diaper Bank is a 501(c)(3) organization and has been in operation since October 2014.
They have distributed over 130,000 diapers. Diapers are currently distributed to eight partner agencies in Portage and Summit counties.
To learn more about the work and mission of Portage-Summit Diaper Bank, visit portage-summitdiaperbank.org.