Third Annual “Stuff the Truck” Diaper Drive at Canton Public Library
CANTON, MI—Imagine swaddling your toddler in a paper towel or plastic bag because you are out of diapers and don’t have the resources to buy more. That’s the challenge facing thousands in Metro Detroit and the reason the Canton Public Library has partnered with the Detroit Area Diaper Bank for the third annual Stuff the Truck Diaper Drive, November 16 and 17.
The library will collect diapers of any size or brand, newborn through adult, including pull-ups, swim diapers and open packages, from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on November 16 and 17. The diapers will go to the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charitable organization, who dispenses them to SE Michigan partner agencies serving people in crisis. Last year’s drive netted over 26,000 diapers.
“The diaper drive helps us fulfill our mission of connecting our community,” states library director Eva Davis:
Many of our patrons are young families and the elderly and we are sensitive to their needs. The lack of clean diapers is a barrier to early literacy for babies and toddlers and causes otherwise healthy seniors to become homebound and isolated.
The drive is part of the Diaper Bank’s larger goal of collecting 200,000 diapers by Thanksgiving. As Marybeth Levine, executive director and founder of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, explains, “None of the safety net programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare, leaving those with the fewest resources even fewer options.” Since April 2009, the Diaper Bank has donated 356,833 diapers to 45 organizations.
Levine encourages the community to be generous with diaper donations this fall. “It's a constant need that affects so many of our neighbors in need. Every dollar and every diaper makes a difference!”
Photos from 2010 Diaper Drive available.