LOGAN – The Smith Chapel Food and Clothing Mission (SCFCM) has partnered with a Lancaster-based nonprofit to help supply diapers in Hocking County.
Bottoms Up Diaper Drive is hosting the “world’s largest diaper drive” this Saturday, May 1, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. People can donate diapers at multiple locations across Logan, including the Smith Chapel Food and Clothing Mission at 1333 E. Front St. and the Logan Walmart at 12910 state Route 664 S.
SCFCM’s partnership with Bottoms Up was spearheaded by SCFCM volunteer Cathy Kerns, SCFCM Assistant Director Vickey Cottrill told The Logan Daily News. Kerns had heard about the work Bottoms Up was doing in Lancaster, and both she and Cottrill thought it would be a perfect fit for the organization.
“Hocking County is just rich in donation; people caring and wanting to work together,” Cottrill said.
Cottrill estimates the mission has distributed 500 diapers since Bottoms Up donated 1,000 earlier this year. People have reached out to SCFCM’s Facebook page, called and even walked in to receive diapers, she said.
According to Bottoms Up’s website, the cost of diapers can be a major burden to parents and families living in poverty. Diapers can cost $70–80 per month, and one in three American families struggles to buy diapers for their children, its website says.
Bottoms Up began operation in 2018, its website says. Since then, it has delivered over 560,000 diapers to over 70 food pantries and child care facilities in central Ohio for distribution to those in need.
Saturday’s “world’s largest” diaper drive is also taking place in other Ohio counties – and even New England, Bottoms Up President Jo Welsh said in an email. Along with SCFCM, Bottoms Up is a partner of the Hocking County Diaper Bank as well, Welsh added.
Saturday’s “world’s largest” diaper drive goal is to collect 250,000 diapers, Welsh explained.
“We asked businesses, churches, and schools to host diaper drives leading and culminating on May 1,” Welsh stated. “We originally thought it would just be Fairfield County but we knew that to collect 250,000 diapers we would have to get more people involved... We have diaper drives going on in Hocking, Perry, Fairfield, Franklin and Ross counties. We even have a diaper drive participating in reaching our goal in Providence, Rhode Island.”
All diapers collected in Hocking County will stay in Hocking County, Welsh stated. Baby wipes are also accepted as donations, and SCFCM will accept other baby items. Diaper sizes 4, 5 and 6 are the most needed.
Smith Chapel Food and Clothing Mission (SCFCM) is located at 1333 E. Front St., and is not to be confused with the church of the same name. Saturday diaper donations are being taken there, and at the Logan Walmart, 12910 state Route 664 S., as well.
Diapers are also being accepted at: Logan-Hocking Public Library, 230 E Main St.; Hocking Hills’ Frozen Yogurt Co., 104 E Main St.; North Fitness Center, 4 E. Main St.; and Don Wood Automotive, 12916 state Route 664.
Financial donations can also be made at Lancaster Sales, 1270 W. Hunter St.; NAPA Auto Parts, 890 W. Hunter St.; and the Appalachian Arts and Crafts Market, 26784 U.S. 33, Rockbridge, Ohio.
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