A Phoenix organization is holding a drive to assist families in need of diapers in the Valley and areas devastated by recent hurricanes.
Diaper Bank of Central Arizona will hold a diaper drive from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday to assist victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The drive is at the BBVA Compass Bank Operation Center at 8312 S. Hardy Drive, Suite 108, in Tempe.
Goal of 200,000 diapers
Diaper Bank, in association with Homeward Bound, has a goal to collect 200,000 diapers. Half of all donations will remain in the Phoenix area, with the rest transported to Texas and Florida.
Ginger Clayton, founder of Diaper Bank of Central Arizona, said the drive is the largest diaper collection effort the organization has put on.
“This disaster has put them in a situational poverty,” Clayton said. “Ultimate goal is to collect 200,000 diapers so we can send 100,000 to affected areas.”
The organization is holding the drive in coordination with National Diaper Need Awareness Week.
Diapers collected will be transported to the affected areas through services operated by Mach 1 Global Services, a sponsor of the event.
Mach 1 Global Services’ CEO Jamie Fletcher met Clayton through a women’s business group and they agreed to organize the effort. Mach 1 Global is a Tempe-based company that provides shipping services for businesses via ground, air or ship.
“When we are able to use our logistic and trucking services (in relief), it’s a no-brainer,” Fletcher said of the company. “This directly can help the littlest of victims from the hurricanes, in infants and toddlers.”
Mach 1 Global’s corporate office in Tempe held its own diaper drive, in which employees donated more than 1,000 diapers and wipes. Their donations, along with a truck to collect donations, will be added to the diaper drive.
Clayton said if people cannot make it to the drive, they can make a monetary donation on the organization’s website that will be distributed just like the diapers. The website also specifies other diaper drop-off locations.
“Be the difference for someone else,” Clayton said. “Every baby deserves a clean diaper.”