DGKN staff report
CANTON Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank is teaming up with local McDonald’s restaurants in Northeast Ohio to “Fill the Truck” to help babies stay clean, dry, healthy, and happy. Donations to support the cause to end diaper need are being collected at 32 McDonald’s collections sites April 24 through May 5, according to a news release.
Not being able to afford diapers is a heartbreaking situation that many find themselves in as inflation continues. WIC and Food Stamps cannot be used to purchase diapers. To help contend with this issue and help thousands of families, diaper banks throughout Ohio and other states are joining together to hold drives as a part of the World’s Largest Diaper Drive the first week of May.
The goal for Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank is to collect 120,000 diapers and wipes that will help local families in the six counties the diaper bank currently serves: Stark, Tuscarawas, Wayne, Medina, Harrison, and Carroll.
Donations may be dropped off at participating McDonald’s locations between April 24 through May 5 as well as the diaper bank’s Community Distribution Partners.
“We’re honored to team up with Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank to help get diapers to local families in need,” said Trey Locke, McDonald’s Owner/Operator. “Supporting our neighbors is integral to McDonald’s values and we hope our local communities will join us in these efforts.”
The Diaper Bank truck will stop at 14 McDonald’s locations May 1 through May 5 to collect items from community residents supporting the efforts. Wipes, diapers, and pull-ups of all sizes are appreciated, but the most needed sizes are 4 through 7 and pull-ups. Monetary donations will also be collected to go towards purchasing diapers.
For those not able to visit a donation site, donations can be made at https://givebutter.com/HeartofOhioDiaperBank to help meet the goal. Heart of Ohio Diaper Bank is able to purchase additional diapers through the National Diaper Bank Network at a lower cost per diaper.