Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

The Morris County Youth Shelter, which is collecting diapers for distribution to needy Morris County families, has extended its drive to Aug. 8

Kristen Lewin, adolescent counselor at the shelter, said the inspiration for the drive came after the youth and staff volunteered at the Interfaith Food Pantry and saw families who needed not only the food, but also diapers and other essentials for their children.

“We all were inspired to try to help in some small way, and the diaper drive seemed like a great way for us to give back to the community,” Lewin said.

Diapers may be dropped off at the Morris County Library through Aug. 8. The diapers will benefit clients of the Interfaith Food Pantry, the county’s Office of Temporary Assistance and Child & Family Resources, all of whom partner in the community to help needy families.

Interfaith Food Pantry is located in the Morris View complex and provides food for thousands of individuals and families each year.

The Office of Temporary Assistance on Hanover Avenue provides Food Stamps and other benefit assistance to families in emergency situations or to those who have lost their jobs.

Child & Family Resources, the county’s premiere child care referral agency, also has played a major role in diaper collections and distributes them to their agency’s clients, as well as other local nonprofits serving children.

Unopened packages of disposable baby, toddler and adult diapers may be brought to the Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Ave., in Whippany.

Additional information may be obtained by calling (973)-285-2970.