A private business and non-profit are teaming up to help McDowell County families and their diaper needs.
Aeroflow Healthcare of Asheville announced recently that its urology division will host a diaper drive from April 22-26 during national Every Kid Healthy Week. The drive will benefit the Diaper Bank of NC and McDowell County families.
The company encourages everyone to participate by dropping off donations of diapers at Aeroflow’s headquarters at 3165 Sweeten Creek Road in Asheville. Diapers in sizes 4, 5 and 6 are in particularly high demand. The diaper drive will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, April 22 and conclude at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 26.
Through their Truckload of Hope, the diapers will be donated to Diaper Bank of NC for distribution to families in McDowell County through collaboration with the Partnership for Children of the Foothills, which serves McDowell, Rutherford and Polk counties. Through these donations, Diaper Bank of NC will be able to help 600 families in McDowell County with diaper needs.
“We are trying to target families who struggle every month with their diaper needs,” said Michelle Old, executive director of Diaper Bank of NC. “There will be diapers, wipes, formula and donations from Burt’s Bees, just things we feel like will help them and their children.”
Preregistration for families to take part in this service is requested by visiting https://bit.ly/2WIZdoO. Registration is open now and will continue through April 22. There will be same day registration as well. Diaper distribution will be held on Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to noon at Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion.
"Something as small as a diaper can significantly impact families in need,” said Old. “Our research shows that when families receive diapers, they experience less emotional distress, have healthier, happier babies and can better afford other essentials such as food and utilities. We’re incredibly thankful to Aeroflow Urology for supporting our work to distribute dignity to North Carolina families.”
According to the Diaper Bank of NC, one in three American families struggle to afford enough diapers, and government assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Women, Infants, Children (WIC) do not cover their purchase, creating further hardships for many families.
“It is so impressive how Aeroflow is trying to meet this need and reach out to us,” said Old. “They understand about diaper needs and its really powerful when non profits and corporations work together.
Aeroflow’s partnership with Diaper Bank of NC supports the organization’s mission of promoting and protecting the dignity of North Carolina residents by improving access to basic personal hygiene products.
“We’re proud to be able to give back to our local community here in North Carolina,” said Mica Phillips, director of Aeroflow Urology. “Diapers can be expensive but are a necessity that many families depend on to function each and every day. We hope our partners join us in our effort to provide diapers to as many families and children as possible.”
To learn more, visit ncdiaperbank.org.
Aeroflow Healthcare was founded in Asheville in 2001 as a home oxygen provider, and has since grown to become one of the leading durable medical equipment providers nationwide. Aeroflow is an accredited Medicare and Medicaid provider and accepts most commercial insurance. To learn more about Aeroflow Healthcare and getting medical equipment through insurance, visit Aeroflowinc.com.