A week-long drive to benefit The Rosa Health Center in Georgetown kicks off Sunday with a Stuff the Bus event.
The “No Babies Wet Behind Diaper Drive” started in 2013 and was created and organized by Apple Electric Owner Lisa Prestipino.
“I do a lot of work with Toys for Tots. And in 2013, Toys for Tots asked me to give Sister Rosa, a Carmelite Nun in Georgetown a call, to see how we could help her,” Prestipino said.
And Prestipino says that call sparked the diaper drive idea.
“And she told me that her babies needed diapers; she said toys were great but she really needs diapers. So I thought I’d get some girlfriends together and go to happy hour and raise some diapers for her. So it started like that,” said Prestipino.
Prestipino says the first year, she collected 10,000 packs of diapers; the second year, the program grew to 20,000 packs.
This year, she hopes to fill a school bus - donated by Dagsboro Church of God - with diapers. The bus will be parked at Apple Electric on Route 24 in Rehoboth Beach from February 9, 2019 through February 16, 2019; diapers can be dropped off between 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Rosa Health Center provides health care and other services for mothers in Sussex County.
This year’s diaper drive will also benefit the Harry K. Baby Pantry at the Rehoboth Beach Community Resource Center and La Red Health Center’s locations in Georgetown, Milford and Seaford.