Diaper Drive coming up in Jonesboro

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - A group decided to turn a college project into a reality by setting up an event to collect a costly, but necessary item for families in need.

Stephanie Sweat is working to set up a diaper drive in Jonesboro. Diapers of all sizes and baby wipes will be accepted Saturday, October 26, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Forest Home Church of the Nazarene gym located at 1922 Race Street.

Sweat said she and other social work students wanted to figure out a way to help people in Jonesboro after learning that many families struggle to buy diapers.

"I learned that one in three families in America have a need for diapers and that their incomes just aren't making to the end of the month," Sweat said.

"We were in undergrad of the social work program and we had to come up with something innovative and new for Jonesboro, and so I thought about the need of diapers here in the community and how we live in a rural area."

PACES, the non-profit Sweat began working for after graduating, is one of the organizations that will benefit.

"If the diaper drive goes well and we see that there's great demand for it we would like to place a diaper bank here in Jonesboro."

The diapers collected will also go to parents who live outside Jonesboro.

"The closest diaper bank is in Monette and they currently have a waiting list."

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