Pittsburgh Pirates Partner with Local Orgs For Diaper Distribution

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By NewsRadio 1020 KDKA

PITTSBURGH (Newsradio 1020 KDKA) - The Pittsburgh Pirates, Global Links and the Western PA Diaper Bank are teaming up to host a drive-up diaper distribution.

The free event will take place on Friday, September 25 from 11am to 1pm in Gold Lot 1A at Heinz Field.

Organizers say they can handle up to 750 cars.

Each car will received eight packages of diapers and recipients will be able to choose from two different sizes.

“Many local families are struggling financially due to the ongoing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Global Links Executive Director Angela Garcia. “Diapers are a necessity, but they are costly, and they cannot be purchased with SNAP or EBT benefits, making them a required cash purchase. By working together, Global Links and the Western PA Diaper Bank have been able to leverage our grant dollars and relationships with vendors to secure diaper inventory, and with the assistance of the Pittsburgh Pirates providing a location and logistical support, we are able to host another day for parents and caregivers to acquire diapers for the young children in their care.”

Cathy Battle, Founder and Executive Director of the Western PA Diaper Bank, said, “Since the COVID-19 pandemic hit our region, the WPDB has been distributing 60,000-70,000 diapers per month. Comparatively, our typical distribution levels during this same time last year was no more than 50,000 per month.  The need is astronomical and so sudden.  With this distribution, we hope to alleviate some community need, while bringing awareness to the greater need that still exists.” 

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