Posted Monday, April 29th, 2013

This year’s diaper drive conducted by the Morris County Youth Shelter was a success, with more than 5,450 disposal baby, toddler and adult diapers and 2,444 wipes collected.

The items will benefit the clients of the Morris County Office of Temporary Assistance and Child & Family Resources, two agencies that partner in the community to help needy families.

The Office of Temporary Assistance provides general 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.

Residents and counselors at the Youth Shelter initiated the first diaper drive in 2008 after volunteering at the Interfaith Food Pantry and seeing families who needed not only food, but diapers and other essentials for their children, said Pete Corea, youth activities coordinator at the Youth Shelter.

Morris Diaper Drive Another Success
Freeholder Hank Lyon (seated) and
the Youth Shelter’s Pete Corea

Since then, more than 30,000 adult, toddler and infant diapers have been collected.

The shelter staff and residents thank the Morris County community for its support and generosity and are grateful to the Morris County Library; the public libraries in Pequannock, Mount Olive, Madison, East Hanover and Roxbury; the Randolph Community Center; the Randolph YMCA; Jefferson Town Hall; and Camp Jefferson for all agreeing to be drop-off locations during this year’s diaper drive.
The Youth Shelter houses adolescents who have been determined by a family court judge to be in crisis, until permanent placement can be arranged.