13,000 Diapers Stolen From NC Nonprofit

June 3, 2014       The NonProfit Times      

Some unusual items were stolen last weekend from a North Carolina nonprofit: Diapers.

According to a report in The New York Daily News, 13,000 diapers went missing from Durham-based North Carolina Diaper Bank (NCDB). Founded last year, the organization provides diapers to struggling families in the state. It was founded with the intent of distributing 50,000 diapers in a year, but has already exceeded that goal by giving out 139,000 in 11 months.

Founder and Executive Director Michelle Old told The Daily News that she discovered the diapers had been stolen when she came into her offices Monday to pick up an order of diapers meant to be delivered to a homeless shelter. She found that the order had been spilled across the floor, and that various diaper sizes were missing. In addition, the perpetrator stole diapers from a reserve room that she said nobody outside the organization knows about. She did not speculate to the paper who might have been responsible for the theft, though she mentioned the last people in the building were volunteers from a church helping to pack 6,000 diapers.

Since word of the theft has come out, Old said that she has been told that some of the stolen diapers have shown up at yard sales, being sold for as much as $4 dollars per pack. She said they were identified because the organization’s tags were still on the packages.

While losing the diapers will hurt some — especially the loss of the sizes 4 to 5 diapers, which are harder to keep in stock — Old said NCDB will still be able to go forward with distributing free diapers to the community.

You can read the full story in The New York Daily News.