On May 6, 2016, ELGA Credit Union’s annual Diaper Drive brought in 61k and a truck full of diapers and wipes to benefit the Flint Diaper Bank. The money raised will purchase diapers at below cost prices.
Among the day’s many heroes were the Michigan State Police, the Genesee County Sheriff’s Department, and the Burton Police and Fire Department.
This year, two new programs were introduced to help bring awareness and donations. One of which was the Dimes for Diapers program. The challenge was taken on by four community school districts, all local Catholic schools, and one charter school in the hopes of winning a pizza party for the most funds that were raised. Together, the schools raised $7,715.26.
“The Dimes for Diapers program was a huge success, bigger than we ever imagined for the first year,” stated Cheryl Sclater of ELGA Credit Union.
The other new program introduced was Baby Changers. Local hair salons sold donation cards in the shape of diapers for their clients to write their names on, and then hang in the salons. The salons raised a total of $2,540.
Thanks to the collaborative efforts of ELGA Credit Union, ABC12, and the Flint Diaper Bank, many families in the community will be able to have fresh diapers for their young children.