By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News
DANVILLE — More than 2,300 diapers will be donated to the Danville Area Diaper Bank thanks to donations collected by members of Danville’s Trinity United Methodist Church.
The donations, totaling 2,367 diapers, 968 baby wipes and $40, were collected during Lent. They will be delivered to the diaper bank, located at Danville’s Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, this week.
Susan Nunan, one of the volunteer coordinators for the diaper bank, called the donation “wonderful.”
“We distribute between 18,000 and 25,000 diapers a month. That’ll be a big help,” she said.
“This is the first time we had gotten involved with the diaper drive,” said Lorie Fanelli, a member of Trinity United’s outreach program. “It is something that’s fairly new here in our community and we thought it was a good opportunity for our church to do a Lent project that was right here in Danville.”
The church usually holds a donation drive or service project for Lent, said Fanelli. In previous years, they collected items for Danville’s Good Samaritan Mission and donated medical supplies to the needy through Project Cure.
“We recognize there is a need here in the community. The church tries to help out as much as we can inside the community,” said Fanelli. “They (the diaper bank) provide a wonderful service.”
The diaper bank opened in October. “Anyone who walks through the door is welcome to diapers,” said Nunan.
“We expected about 30 families a week. We’re serving usually around 50 to 55 families a week,” she said. “It’s been a little more than we’ve expected, but we’ve had some very generous donations to keep us going.”
The diaper bank is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Christ Memorial Episcopal Church, located at Pine and East Market Streets. Donations of cash or diapers are welcome, said Nunan, and can be dropped off at the church from 9:30 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. Monetary donations can also be mailed to the church address at 120 East Market Street, Danville.