INDIAN ORCHARD, Mass. (WWLP) – The new diaper bank at the Community Survival Center in Indian Orchard has generated a lot of interest, but unfortunately the increased awareness has not translated into an increased supply. Jackie Madden, Executive Director of the CSC told 22News that dozens of needy families have come to them seeking help since they learned about the diaper bank. With more families using their services, their initial supply of 5,000 diapers donated by Boston Medical Center is being depleted.
Madden said that donors have not stepped forward to replenish the supply of diapers. As a result, they have had to limit the allotment of diapers to only 12 each for 60 families.
“There’s a lot of families who really do need. We had a homeless family that’s living in a shelter, and they have three little kids that were in diapers. We had to help them out, perhaps give them a day’s supply,” Madden said. She added that the high cost of diapers probably discourages potential donors from spending out of their pockets.
Madden said that she is hoping the local Diaper Task Force can make deals with manufacturers, who could keep a steady supply coming in. If you would like to help, you can donate diapers to the Community Survival Center, located at 240 Main Street in Indian Orchard. They are open for donations Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 A.M. to 3:30 P.M., and on Thursdays from 8:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.