Diaper drive to help residents in need

December 13, 2016 by  

To help residents experiencing financial struggles, the Bethlehem office of State Representative, Steve Samuelson, announced at a Salvation Army News conference that the office will be designated as a location for locals to drop off diapers and wipes for the diaper drive initiative.

With budgets often strained during the holidays, the Salvation Army regularly receives requests for diapers, which can cost families about $1,000 a year per child. The organization hopes the announcement of the diaper drive will help fill the shortage of supplies so that those needing the diapers will not have to wait for assistance or be turned away. The Second Harvest Food Bank will be in charge of distributing the diapers and wipes.

Local businesses could help support the drive by posting flyers and banners in their storefronts to notify shoppers of the efforts of Representative Samuelson and the Salvation Army. The flyers could announce drop-off locations, as well as the items needed such as disposable diapers for children and adults, as well as diaper wipes.

Items can be dropped off at the office of Steve Samuelson between now and December 23. His office is located at 104 E. Broad St. Donations will also be accepted at the Salvation Army, which is at 521 Pembroke Rd. Monetary donations will be accepted through Second Harvest Food Bank and the GoFundMe site.