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Diaper bank holds first community diaper drive

The Portage-Summit Diaper Bank held its first community diaper drive on Saturday, collecting 274 diapers and $147 in donations. (Source: Ginger Swanson) The Portage-Summit Diaper Bank held its first community diaper drive on Saturday, collecting 274 diapers and $147 in donations. (Source: Ginger Swanson)
The diaper bank has a goal of 2,500 diapers to be collected every month. (Source: Ginger Swanson) The diaper bank has a goal of 2,500 diapers to be collected every month. (Source: Ginger Swanson)
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The Portage-Summit Diaper Bank held its first community diaper drive on Saturday. A total of 274 diapers and $147 in donations were collected.

The diaper bank has a goal of 2,500 diapers to be collected, not just this month, but each month. Diapers collected are distributed to three different agencies: Open M in Akron, the County Clothing Center in Ravenna, and Pregnancy Care in Akron and Ravenna.

More diaper drives are being held around the community in October and November to help the diaper bank reach its goal:

Oct. 18: Acme, 116 W. Streetsboro Road, Hudson

Oct. 25: Li'l Frog Fashions, 2010 Chestnut Blvd., Cuyahoga Falls

Nov. 1: Acme, 2226 State Road, Cuyahoga Falls

The Brimfield Police Department is a drop-box location. On Oct.25, Li'l Frog Fashions in Cuyahoga Falls will have a drop box if you are unable to make it to the diaper drive. You can stop in during normal business hours to donate diapers.

The diaper bank needs baby diapers of all sizes and accepts opened packs. If you would like to be a drop-box location, contact the diaper bank and they will supply a box and sign.

The Portage-Summit Diaper Bank has a goal to be the largest and most dependable diaper bank in the area and provide impactful support in both Portage and Summit counties. They hope to bring on more agencies to serve more areas of Portage and Summit counties, but they need your help to do so. Agencies can only be added when the diaper bank has dependable funding and a steady stream of donated diapers that it can rely on consistently, month after month.

Diaper need is very real. Diapers can cost around $100 each month, per baby. Food stamps and WIC do not pay for diapers. A lack of diapers can be a barrier to employment or education; most daycare centers want to be supplied with a day's worth of disposable diapers. If someone can't supply that, they may have no choice but to stay at home with their diaper-age child, rather than work or obtain education that could afford them the opportunity to rise out of poverty.

If you are unable to attend one of the community diaper drives, you can hold your own diaper drive through your work, church or any club. Information for holding a diaper drive is available on the diaper bank's website and you can contact the diaper bank with any questions you may have at 330-283-8120. The diaper bank will happily pick up all diapers collected during your diaper drive.

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