DURHAM, N.C. – A weekend theft at the Diaper Bank of North Carolina has left the organization with empty shelves and families in desperate need.
Officials estimate between 10,000 and 13,000 diapers were stolen, which is equivalent to $5,000.
The theft occurred sometime between noon Saturday and 8 a.m. Monday, according to WTVD.
“We aren’t able to fill our orders, and we have seen babies go through the day with one diaper a day,” said Diaper Bank Executive Director Michelle Old. “Parents are forced to rinse out diapers and reuse them and we’re seeing an increase in diaper rashes.”
WIC and food stamps do not cover diapers, which leaves many low-income families struggling to provide for their children.
The Diaper Bank relies entirely on donations and distributes diapers through established family-support organizations.
In the past year, the Diaper Bank has collected over 135,000 diapers.
Read more: WTVD