Diaper drive to support county families in need of baby supplies

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Families across the County of Grande Prairie can benefit from a diaper drive running now until Dec. 10, courtesy of county Regional Enforcement Services.

During the campaign the county will collect disposable diapers and cash donations to assist residents in need during the Christmas season.

The campaign marks the first diaper drive held by Regional Enforcement Services, but it will hopefully become an annual effort, said peace officer Lindsey Hennigar.

“Being a mom of three, I know first-hand diapers are not cheap,” Hennigar said.

“It touches every parent’s heart to think how worrisome it would for another parent to wonder, ‘Do I have enough diapers to change my child this day?’”

Hennigar said she came up with the idea after considering how food banks have food drives and other organizations collect hygiene necessities and toys.

She thought Regional Enforcement Services could fill a gap with a diaper drive, she said.

“We’re a family-oriented department and we thought this would be a great way to help residents in need of diapers,” she said.

“It’s our way of giving back to the community.”

Disposable diapers, related products like wipes and diaper cream and cash donations can be made at numerous locations.

These are the Beaverlodge, Wembley, Valhalla, Sexsmith, La Glace and Elmworth libraries, Clairmont’s Wellington Resource Centre, Hythe’s village office and Bezanson’s Knelsen Centre.

Monetary donations can also be made online at www.countygp.ab.ca/diaperdrive.

The diapers will then be distributed by the Sexsmith and Area Food Bank.

While the Sexsmith Food Bank is distributing the donations, Hennigar said families in the west county can also benefit from the program.

The drive began last Thursday and she said so far there’s been a lot of interest.

During COVID people may not be able to easily access stores to purchase diapers to donate, but Hennigar said Regional Enforcement Services staff will buy some with the cash donations.

Brad Quarin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Town & Country News