DURHAM: More than 10,000 diapers stolen from Durham Diaper Bank - WRBL

More than 10,000 diapers stolen from Durham Diaper Bank

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Volunteers package diapers at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina in Durham. Volunteers package diapers at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina in Durham.
DURHAM, N.C. -

An organization that distributes diapers to Durham families in need was burglarized over the weekend.

The Diaper Bank of North Carolina estimated that between 10,000 and 13,000 diapers were stolen from the facility some time between noon on Saturday and 8 a.m. on Monday.

The organization estimated that value of the diapers to be around $5,000.

"Even more distressing is that those diapers equate to a full week's supply for hundreds of babies in our community," said Executive Director Michelle Old.

Old said she discovered the diapers missing when she went to pick up an order to be distributed to a homeless shelter. She found the order had been strewn across the floor, and various sizes of diapers were missing.

The Diaper Bank relies on donations, and distributes diapers through established family-support organizations.

The organization says it fill the hole left by programs such as WIC and food stamps, which do not cover diapers.

"One person's bad decision will not stop our work," Old said. "The Diaper Bank of N.C. is committed to continuing to support families."

To replenish its supply, the Diaper Bank is immediately accepting donations. It said sizes 4 and 5 are in particular need.

Diapers can be dropped off at one of the Diaper Bank Hot Spot Drop-off locations:

  • Bull City Craft (2501 University Drive, Durham, NC)
  • Stay & Play Snack Cafe (405A East Chapel Hill Street, Durham, NC)
  • Chapel Hill Children’s Clinic (301 Kildaire Road #200, Chapel Hill, NC)

They can also be donated through an Amazon wishlist, or cash contributions via Paypal.

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