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Tri-Cities Diaper Ministry seeking diaper donations

September 19th, 2013 10:00 am by Debra McCown

Tri-Cities Diaper Ministry seeking diaper donations

The Tri-Cities Diaper Ministry is wrapping up this year’s Diaper Need Awareness Week events, but executive director Samuel Jones said there’s still a need for diapers in all sizes.

“We are a central clearinghouse,” said Jones, who started his organization a little over a year ago to help connect area agencies with donated diapers. “The agencies can get what they need instead of getting stuff donated that they don’t need.”

He first saw the need for a central diaper donation location while working as the benevolence director at a church, Jones said. He encountered agencies that serve mothers and young children but received donations of adult diapers – and agencies that serve adults or special needs children but received baby diapers. He created the ministry to help get the diapers to where they’re needed.

“The organization started in Bristol,” Jones said, “then we realized there was a need in the whole Tri-Cities.” It serves more than 20 agencies, from local health departments to faith-based charities in the Tri-Cities region.

Right now there’s a particular need for diapers in sizes 4-7, which are often used by special needs children. For more information, Tri-Cities Diaper Ministry can be reached at (423) 742-5639 or online at

Monetary donations are accepted. Diapers can be dropped off at Bristol Faith in Action, 1534 Euclid Ave. in Bristol; Kingsport Community Ministry Center, 618 Watauga Street in Kingsport; or Youth Villages, 2915 Bristol Highway, suite 101, in Johnson City.

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