Diaper drive's goal? To collect more than 10K diapers

Charitable effort is from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Chick-fil-A in Bluffton

July 19, 2011 

  • Unopened disposable diapers, baby wipes, diaper cream and cash donations may be dropped off from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Chick-fil-A on Malphrus Road in Bluffton. Details: Laura Jacobi, 843-252-7525; The Deep Well Project, 843-785-2849; Bluffton Self Help, 843-757-8000

If you're a parent, you know how expensive it is to keep babies in diapers.

Some low-income families can only afford a diaper a day. And leaving a baby in the same diaper all day can lead to a cranky child and health problems.

"It amazes me that people can afford them at all," said Betsy Doughtie, executive director of the nonprofit The Deep Well Project on Hilton Head Island. "And yet the people who can't afford them don't have washers and dryers, and they can't afford a laundromat to use cloth diapers, either."

Members of a Bluffton women's Bible study group decided to help. Last year they organized a diaper drive and collected more than 10,000 diapers for Bluffton Self Help to hand out to needy families. Executive director Lili Coleman said that supply lasted about four months.

The local group is at it again. They will host another diaper drive from 5 to 8 p.m. today at Chick-fil-A in Bluffton. Member Laura Jacobi said she and her friends are hoping to collect more diapers this year since they will be donated to Bluffton Self Help and Deep Well.

In addition to unopened disposable diapers, the group will accept baby wipes, diaper cream and cash for the purchase of diapers. If you can't make it to the drive, Deep Well and Bluffton Self Help will continue collecting donations indefinitely.

Coleman said Bluffton Self Help will begin distributing diapers at noon Wednesday. Parents requesting diapers must bring proof of Bluffton residency, photo identification and a birth certificate for each child needing diapers. The organization will give out one package for each child. Deep Well will begin handing out diapers at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

"I think it's just so needed because we get requests almost daily from people trying to find some diapers for their children," Coleman said.

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