Diaper Bank helps record number of Iowans this year, needs more donations to keep up with demand

Associate Sara Marino hands a bag of diapers to a client Dec. 14 during drive-through hours at the Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank in Cedar Rapids. This year, the diaper bank opened up to the community and has given out more than 600,000 diapers. In 2021, it will return to a participant model serving clients of the Eastern Iowa Health Center and YPN. (Liz Martin/The Gazette)

CEDAR RAPIDS — Because of the economic hardship faced by many this year, one local nonprofit providing for some of the area’s littlest residents saw its biggest growth to date.

The Eastern Iowa Diaper Bank has donated more than 615,000 diapers to local families in need in the past year — roughly six times its previous donation record.

“I don’t think any of us would have guessed that we would have been able to do it through 2020, and the only reason we’ve been able to do it is because community support,” said Erin Langdon, chief development officer at Eastern Iowa Health Center and organizer of the Diaper Bank.

Langdon estimated the bank donated about 150,000 diapers last year.

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