The diapers, collected by the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, were set to be delivered to needy families in the Durham area
A rash of diaper thefts swept through North Carolina over the weekend.
Like a scene straight out of Raising Arizona, 10,000 and 13,000 diapers were stolen from the Durham-based Diaper Bank of North Carolina, a charitable organization that provides diapers to needy families, the non-profit’s statement Facebook page reported Monday.
“That is a full week’s supply for hundreds of babies in our community!” the Facebook post says.
The organization’s founder and executive director Michelle Old discovered that diapers were missing when she went to pick up a delivery that had been prepared for a local homeless shelter. Old told the Associated Press that the bulk of the missing diapers were in sizes four and five.
“We already struggle and usually are low on those [sizes], but they completely took every diaper,” Old said.
A church group met at the Diaper Bank on Saturday and helped wrap over 6,000 diaper packages for delivery, Old told the AP. At that point, she said, all the shelves were full.
“A couple of people, since hearing about this, have contacted us and say they have been approached in the downtown area with people selling our diapers. Our tags are still on them,” she said.
The Diaper Bank is currently asking for donations of either cash or diapers to replace the missing goods. The organization, which launched in 2013, has covered some “112,133 bottoms” with diapers over the past 11 month, according to a counter on its website.