Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

The Morris County Youth Shelter, for the second year in a row, is collecting unopened packages of disposable baby, toddler and adult diapers for distribution to needy Morris County families. The diapers will benefit the clients of the Interfaith Food Pantry, the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance and Child & Family Resources, all of whom partner in the community to help needy families.

According to Jill Cerullo, deputy director of the Youth Shelter, the facility’s residents and counselors initiated the first diaper drive last year after volunteering at the Interfaith Food Pantry.

“The youth at the Shelter saw families who needed not only food, but diapers and other essentials for their children,” Cerullo said. “In today’s economic climate, with families in need more than ever, the Youth Shelter’s residents were again inspired to try to help in some small way by conducting a second diaper drive.”

According to Cerullo, last year’s drive resulted in the collection of 7,400 adult, toddler and infant diapers.

Diapers may be dropped off from July 27 to Aug. 11 at the Morris County Library at 30East Hanover Avenue in Whippany; the Morris County Division of Personnel on the first floor of the Morris County Administration and Records Building on Court Street in Morristown; and the Department of Human Services office at 30 Schuyler Place in Morristown. Diapers may also be brought to the Office of Temporary Assistance on West Hanover Avenue in Morris Township.

Additional information may be obtained by calling (973)-285-6403.

The Youth Shelter houses adolescents who have been determined by a family court judge to be in crisis, until permanent placement can be arranged.

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 provides Food Stamps and other benefit assistance to families in emergency situations or to those who have lost their jobs. Child & Family Resources in Mount Arlington is the county’s premiere child care referral agency.