Diaper Train Looks to Community for Urgent Assistance
The Diaper Train, the largest diaper program in Wake County needs immediate support after a key supplier suddenly said it could no longer provide diapers for the growing Raleigh nonprofit. That decision means the Diaper Train, which has some diapers in reserve, could run out of toddler sizes within a month.
Diapers are not covered by food stamps or WIC, which leaves many working families with limited means to provide clean, dry diapers for their children. The Diaper Train at Saint Saviour's Center in Glenwood South has distributed more than 4 million diapers since it began in 2011.
On July 2, the program’s primary source of diapers – a nonprofit in Durham – sent an email saying it would stop supporting the Diaper Train, effective July 11. The two organizations had worked together for a year and half. The Diaper Train distributes around 60,000 diapers per month to more than 1,100 babies and toddlers whose families are referred to the organization by nonprofit agencies and churches.
"We were stunned by that decision," said Sharon Hayes, executive director of Saint Saviour's Center. Since 2011, the Diaper Train has made a huge difference for families in Wake County. The supplier just could no longer support our growth.
"But the need in our area remains great. Just as we did before this supplier approached us, we're going to help these families and children. We need our community to rise to the challenge with us."
People can support the Diaper Train, located at 616 Tucker St. in Raleigh, in several ways.
Diapers can be donated by dropping them off at the Tucker St. location Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:00 pm. The Diaper Train especially needs diapers in sizes 4 and up. Already, local churches have responded by saying they will hold drives to help. The organization must have 435,000 diapers by the end of the year.
Financial contributions make the biggest impact as diapers can be purchased at a large discount. Donations can be made at www.saintsaviourcenter.org. Saint Saviour’s Center needs to raise an additional $75,000 for the Diaper Train by December 31 to ensure babies receive the diapers they need.
The Diaper Train also has a robust volunteer group, and those looking to volunteer can contact the program office at 919-833-6400 ext 222.
Feedback is welcome. Hayes can be reached at at firstname.lastname@example.org.