Posted Wednesday, March 6th, 2013
Residents and staff at the Morris County Youth Shelter this month are collecting unopened packages of disposable baby, toddler and adult diapers for distribution to needy Morris County families.
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.
“Our clients struggle to afford the basic necessities of housing and food and often don’t have the money for diapers, said Phyllis Tonnesen, OTA Management Specialist. “The clients are very appreciative of these diaper donations that help them meet their daily living expenses.”
Child & Family Resources in Mount Arlington is the county’s premiere child care referral agency.
“The Youth Shelter residents realize that in these very difficult economic times, there are many families in the county who are struggling to provide the essentials for their children and other family members,” said Pete Corea, the youth activities coordinator at the Youth Shelter. “This is their way of helping those families.”
The Youth Shelter houses adolescents who have been determined by a family court judge to be in crisis, until permanent placement can be arranged.
Diapers may be dropped off until Saturday, March 30, at the Morris County Library, 30 East Hanover Avenue in Whippany; and at the public libraries in Pequannock, Mount Olive, Madison, East Hanover and Roxbury.
In addition, the Randolph Community Center, the Randolph YMCA, Jefferson Town Hall and Camp Jefferson have also agreed to be drop-off locations.
The Youth Shelter has sponsored a diaper drive since 2008. Last year, more than 7,000 disposable diapers were collected.
Additional information may be obtained by calling Corea at (973)-285-6403.