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Young Mother Starts Diaper Bank for Families in Need

GAHANNA (Maria Durant) -- Some parents can't provide the basic needs of keeping their babies in diapers.

Fortunately for those families in need, one local mom is making it her mission to help.

On average, a baby can go through eight to 10 diapers a day. That can add up to about 300 diapers a month -- a hefty expense for a parent on a fixed income.

For many on a limited budget, it can be almost impossible to keep their baby properly covered.

"It's so sad," said Iris Coker, founder of the Columbus Diaper Coalition. "There are stories of moms doing make-shift diapers with toilet paper and plastic bags. It's heartbreaking."

Coker started the Columbus Diaper Coalition to help meet these families' needs.

She said federal assistance programs don't supply diapers.

Since November, her group has handed out nearly 6,000 diapers to two local pantries.

"They were giving them four to five diapers for the entire month, but we're able to give them 30 diapers," Coker said.

Coker said one reason she became so committed to this cause is that she too struggled as a young mother. Between juggling school and work, she has first-hand knowledge about how difficult it can be to provide for your child.

"Somebody helped me to get here and I feel it's important to give back," Coker said.

She made giving back easy. Through the group's Amazon wish list, donors can log on and immediately contribute. The website has a list of diapers that are needed.

"We'd ideally like to give families a full month supply of diapers (at a time)," Coker said.

That way, a baby's bottom can be covered year-round.

For more information about the coalition, visit
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