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Fourth Annual Library Diaper Drive Aims for the 100,000 Mark

CANTON, MI— The Canton Public Library is counting on the generous people of Metro Detroit to come through again for the fourth Stuff the Truck Diaper Drive, November 14 and 15. Over the last three years, the library has collected more than 75,000 diapers to benefit the Canton-based Detroit Area Diaper Bank, in the biggest diaper drive in Michigan. This year, they hope to top the 100,000 mark.

The library will accept 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 14 and 15. The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charitable organization, will dispense them to SE Michigan partner agencies serving people in crisis.

"Many of our patrons are young families and the elderly and we are sensitive to their needs" states library director Eva Davis. "A lack of diapers impacts the lives of babies and toddlers and their parents, people with disabilities and the elderly. Without an adequate supply of diapers, these people are homebound, unable to work or attend school, are isolated and face health issues from rashes to staph infections."

The Diaper Bank’s 4th Annual Fall Diaper Drive aims to collect 200,000 diapers by Thanksgiving. As Marybeth Levine, executive director and founder of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, explains, "Safety net programs like WIC, Food Stamps and Medicare do not pay for or provide diapers, leaving those with the fewest resources even fewer options." Since April 2009, the Diaper Bank has donated 1,441,130 diapers to over 45 organizations.

Fat Chef in a Little Coat is again donating their catering truck for the event. "We are so grateful to the Hulett family and their continued generosity in allowing us to use their truck. Fat Chef in a Little Coat Catering is an amazing example of a local business supporting charitable efforts to make a real difference in their community," says Levine.

The library has seen the number of donated diapers grow each year, with people driving from all over southeast Michigan to drop off contributions. Last year's event hauled in over 30,000 diapers. This year's drive is receiving support from Eriksson Elementary School Girl Scout Troop 640, who distributed 1,000 flyers throughout Canton.

'I’m hoping for 35,000 diapers this year,' says Levine. 'And they’ll go out to partner agencies as fast as I get them in.'