SPOKANE, Wash. - For families on a tight budget, even necessities like diapers are hard to come by, but for the last five years the local non-profit organization Inland Northwest Baby has been working to help those families.
Their annual diaper drive kicks off this week and they could use your help to reach their goal. Helping out couldn't be easier. All week, area Walgreens, Albertsons and Trading Company stores will have bins out by the cash registers. All you need to do is buy a pack of diapers and drop it in the bin.
You'll be doing a lot to help one in three Spokane moms struggling to keep diapers a part of their monthly budget.
Jesse Sheldon is a freshman at the University of Washington, but when he was a freshman in high school, he started Inland Northwest Baby. The non-profit has grown in the last five years. When Jesse first started it he was able to collect around 15,000 diapers for the drive.
Last year, his team stuffed the bus with more than 100,000 diapers.
It's something Jesse became passionate about when he realized struggling mothers don't get a lot of help with diapers through food stamps or WIC.
"Looked around and researched in the Spokane area and saw that organizations that do provide diapers, provide only twelve per month per child, and that is only a couple days worth maybe and so I decided that I needed to do something about it," he explained.
The diaper drive runs through this week and the goal is to reach 150,000 diapers by Stuff The Bus time on Saturday.