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Woman creates area's first diaper bank

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BRANDON (FOX 13) -

Huggies, Pampers, store brand -- you name it.  If you have young kids, diapers are a must.

"People are having to choose between food and diapers for their families," said Debi Rucker.

Rucker is a full-time working mother of two and delivers diapers in her spare time.

"We're currently distributing between 7,000 and 8,000 diapers per month and we are barely scratching the surface."

In January, Rucker created "Blessed Bottoms" -- the first diaper bank in our area.

"I heard about the need for diapers in our community; the fact that they were not covered by programs such as food stamps and WIC," Rucker explained.

She holds diaper drives, collects donations, whatever she can do to fill up her trunk.

"I've heard stories that people are re-using previously wet and soiled diapers and it frankly broke my heart."

She delivers them to places like Life Care in Brandon.

"We were running out of diapers every month," said Karen Brooks, the executive director of Life Care.

Life Care assists, on average, 300 pregnant women in need a month. That's 75 packages of diapers a week.

"It's a huge need," Brooks continued.  "When you think about an infant and how many diapers are used a day on a baby and how expensive diapers are."

Debi makes as many stops as she can. Her trunk is often full of boxes, even cases, filled with 36, 56 or even 75 or more diapers.

But, she says, it's an endless need.

LINK: www.blessedbottoms.org

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