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Galesburg diaper bank packages thousands of diapers for local charities

Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank is partnering with multiple Peoria-area organizations to hand out 10,000 diapers this week. They say this is in addition to the 12,000-13,000 diapers they distribute on the first of every month.

“We’re kind of like a food bank,” the diaper bank’s founder, Lee Ann Porter, said. “We do the same thing only with diapers.”

Tuesday, they wrapped thousands of diapers they say will go to their five current partners: Peoria County Bright Futures, iGrow, TASC, Early Head Start and the Tazewell County Health Department.

“We distribute diapers to partner agencies all month long out of our warehouse in Galesburg,” Porter said. “Partners can order as often as they need to with us.”

Porter says diapers are often overlooked since federal programs like WIC and SNAP don’t cover them. She adds they have a waiting list of other agencies that want to partner with them, and the only way to get off the list is for more donations to pile in.

Erin Stout, program director with Peoria County Bright Futures, says these agencies typically work together through a group called the Local Inter-agency Council. The LIC includes several groups that help families with prenatal care through the typical needs of a three-year-old.

“We’re very fortunate in this area to have a huge early childhood collaboration,” Stout said. “We participate with all the other agencies whether we’re taking diapers or not.”

Loving Bottoms Diaper Bank’s website says one of their goals is to direct people in need to their partners so they can get diapers and learn about the other services available to them. To learn more about the diaper bank, click here.

Bobby Oler @bobbyoler

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