CoxHealth diaper drive breaks record

Saturday, June 2, 2018
Mark Bourey, left, and Zach Carnes, right, of Cox Monett Hospital, are loading the vehicle full of diapers for delivery to the Monett Community Kitchen and Tri-County Pregnancy Resource Center. Contributed photo

Charitable effort grows from last year's collection

Babies will soon benefit greatly from local generosity, thanks to a record-breaking year for CoxHealth’s diaper drive. During April, a total of 37,621 diapers were collected at sites throughout the area, around 12,000 more diapers than were donated during the 2017 drive.

“Every diaper counts when it comes to helping local families and babies, and we are extremely grateful for all of the community support,” said Donyta Upton, manager of The Women’s Center at CoxHealth and organizer of the drive. “We’d also like to thank the many local businesses and organizations that helped with these efforts. We always want to try and meet or surpass what we collected the year before, and everyone really worked together to make that happen this year.”

Locally, Cox Monett held a friendly competition with Cox Home Support in Monett and ended up collecting a record 7,348 diapers, up from 2,600 the previous year.

“I am overwhelmed by the amount of support we received this year for the diaper drive,” said Janell Patton, administrative director of community relations at Cox Monett. “It really warms my heart that we were able to help so many local families fulfill a basic need.”

Diapers collected during the drive were given to Diaper Bank of the Ozarks, Monett Community Kitchen, Aurora Tri-County Pregnancy Resource Center and Jesus Was Homeless. The organizations will then distribute the diapers to local families in need.