The Pittsburgh Pirates have partnered with local humanitarian aid organization Global Links and Western PA Diaper Bank (WPDB) to host a drive-up diaper distribution event on Friday, September 25, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Northshore, Gold Lot 1A, outside of Heinz Field. The distribution will be equipped to serve up to 750 cars.
Families and caregivers of young children who are experiencing financial hardship are invited to line up by car to receive two cases (eight packages) of diapers, as well as two packages of wipes, at no cost to families. Parents and caregivers will have the option of choosing up to two different sizes of diapers.
“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.”
All vehicles attending the diaper distribution should enter at Gold Lot 1A.
Cathy Battle, Founder and Executive Director of the Western PA Diaper Bank, states, “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.”