State Rep. Steve Samuelson delivered 3,106 children’s and adult diapers donated by area residents during his holiday diaper drive to the Salvation Army of Bethlehem.
“I am grateful to everyone who donated diapers during this holiday season because many families in our community struggle to cover the cost of diapers, and having an adequate supply of diapers available is a basic necessity for those who care for children and seniors,” Samuelson said.
The diaper drive took place for three weeks in December at Samuelson’s district office at 104 E. Broad St., Bethlehem.
“We collected diapers to help needy families because there is no federal or state safety-net program to specifically cover the cost of diapers, which can run $900 or more per year,” Samuelson said. “And our network of food banks in the Lehigh Valley do not receive regular donations of diapers. Many families and seniors on fixed incomes are simply unable to afford disposable diapers and undergarments.”
All donations were forwarded to the Salvation Army of Bethlehem. A previous diaper drive coordinated by Samuelson’s office collected more than 2,000 diapers and $800 in donations.