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Diaper Bank of North Carolina helping families in need

Families can spend up to $100 a month on diapers. Now, one North Carolina woman is trying to fill the gap.
Families can spend up to $100 a month on diapers. One North Carolina woman is trying to fill the gap.
Published: Apr. 29, 2022 at 12:15 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - One in three families experience a shortage of diapers for their babies and programs like WIC and food stamps don’t cover them.

Families can spend up to $100 a month on diapers. Now, one North Carolina woman is trying to fill the gap.

The Diaper Bank of North Carolina has warehouses across the state, including a new one in Charlotte.

They’re able to provide more than three million diapers to families every year.

For founder Michele Old, the Diaper Bank was a passion project she started 10 years ago when she adopted her son. When he was just days old, he was already very sick from something as simple as a diaper rash.

Old says she never wants a mother to have to make a hard choice that could potentially put their child at risk.

“Seventy-eight percent of the families that we serve are working one to three jobs and still cannot afford the most basic needs. We hear from teachers who are teaching our children during the day and go home at night and cannot afford diapers for their children and this is an issue that is occurring for working families all across our region,” Old said.

The Diaper Bank distributes diapers to non-profits in the local area. Anyone who would like to help the organization can donate online or find a donation drop-off location.

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