PITTSBURGH - The Rev. Phillip Battle and his wife, Cathy Battle, are in the diaper delivery business.
“Last year we gave out 55,000, and this year we already are about to hit that mark already,” he told Channel 11’s Peggy Finnegan.
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With the help of parishioners, they founded the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank in 2012.
They collect diapers and then distribute them to social service agencies that get them to needy parents.
The Battles store thousands of the diapers in their Hill District church, or at least they did.
“You can see there where the fire started,” Phillip Battle showed Finnegan.
Last Valentine’s Day a fire seriously damaged the New Light Temple Baptist Church and destroyed about 10,000 diapers, but it didn't destroy the diaper bank ministry.
Donations come from individuals, community groups and corporations.
A recent diaper drive at United Lender Services in Pittsburgh collected 13,000 diapers.
“It's the right thing to do, but there's also an increase in employee morale and pride,” said Vince Kane, the company’s human resources director.
Those diapers will help groups like Healthy Start.
“They are critical, and they are so expensive,” explained Vicki Sirockman, the executive director of Health Start.
One in 3 families in America struggles to afford diapers for their children.
Diapers are a necessity that can cost $18 a week per child.
“One of the ways to help babies survive is to make sure families have all the equipment they need to raise their children,” she said.
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