NEW BERN, CRAVEN COUNTY - The Tryon Civitan Club in New Bern is collecting thousands of diapers through the month of August to give to local shelters. Diapers are not covered by food stamps or assistance programs.
"We're calling it 'No Child Wet Behind'," says Patricia Drake of the Tryon Civitans Club.
The group is hoping to collect both children and adult diapers. Drake says the average cost of diapers is more than $100 a month per child. For low income families, that cost can be hard to handle.
Roseanne Brownell of Religious Community Services says it is tough when they don't have the resources to help people struggling to cover the costs.
"If somebody comes in that needs a size three, and I've only got a size six, that's not going to work," says Brownell.
This week Religious Community Services only had one bag of children's diapers available. After the drive, they are hoping to have a good stock pile to offer people in need.
On average, Civitans tell me that both Religious Community Services and the Coastal Women's Shelter use about 30 boxes of diapers each per month.
Diapers will be collected through the end of August. Donation drop off is at the UPS Store in New Bern during business hours.
As of now, it is estimated the group has collected around 15,000 diapers. They are hoping to make this an annual drive.