Jewish community giving a boost to the diaper bank

Reprinted from the Arizona Daily Star, February 27, 2007                   

Members of Tucson’s Jewish community have joined together to coordinate a diaper drive that will ease the burden on the Southern Arizona Community Diaper Bank.
Anyone interested in donating can drop off an unopened package of baby or adult diapers at any local synagogue or Jewish agency, said Josh Protas, director of the Jewish Community Relations Council. Cash donations will also be welcome, he said.
When the drive ends on March 12, the diapers will be donated to the diaper bank, Protas said.
The diaper drive is being coordinated by the Jewish Community Relations Council and the women’s division of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona.
The drive is taking place during a time when the diaper bank does not receive a lot of donations, Protas said.
“The diaper bank is constantly in need, year round,” he said. “They don’t get contributions at other times of the year.”
The Jewish Community Relations Council and the women’s division of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona hope to collect enough diapers to keep the bank supplied for one week, Protas said.
“Last year we collected enough for two or three days,” he said.
The two organizations are conducting the diaper drive in conjunction with Purim, a Jewish holiday. One of the holiday’s traditions is engaging in acts of charity, Protas said. “We were looking for needs around the community.”
● Contact reporter Jamar Younger at 434-4076 or jyounger @azstarnet.com.

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