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Over 7,000 diapers donated to Making Kids Count

July 3, 2018
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

On June 26, a truck from the Kisling, Nestico, and Redick (KNR) law firm delivered 7,222 diapers. The donation represented a month-long collection for KNR from its Youngstown, Akron, Cleveland and Columbus offices. The collection was made after KNR partner, Atty. Nomiki Tsarnas found out about the need through a Making Kids County newsletter.

"We have an office in this area and we know Making Kids Count does a lot for the community," she said.

It was also good timing to get KNR involved as the law firm is celebrating its 12th anniversary by doing 12 good deeds. The diaper collection was one of those good deeds.

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Photos by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier

Making Kids Count Program Director Colleen Eisenbraun separates donated diapers into packages of 25 so they can be handed out to families in need.

"Between the public and staff at NKR, we collected all these diapers," said KNR partner Tom Vasvari.

Vasvari and Tsarnas were joined by staff members Jeremy Sneeden and Jamie Vazzana, and operations manager Brandy Gobroge to make the delivery and stock the shelves at Making Kids Count.

"This is a welcomed donation," said Making Kids County co-President Jana Coffin. "We distribute 32,000 diapers each month. We serve four different counties and have 40 partnering agencies."

She said Making Kids Count does not distribute the diapers at the Boardman location. Instead, the diapers are brought in to the location and are repackaged in groups of 25. Those packages are then distributed to the many partnering agencies such as St. Paul's in Salem or Greenford Christian Church's Big Reach Center.

Making Kids Count has a variety of programs for children in need including a food program and other support given to the local partner agencies. The diapers have become a big program because of where struggling families are at.

"We started the diaper program five years ago," said program director Colleen Eisenbraun. "Families who are struggling can't use government aide to purchase taxable items and diapers are taxable."

She said many families who need the help don't have a washer to be able to use cloth diapers. They also have a tough time buying diapers one pack at a time.

"We can buy diapers in bulk for $.13 a piece where those families buying a pack at a time are buying them at $.50 each," Eisenbraun said. "They can't afford to buy in bulk and get diapers cheaper, so they are hit very hard."

She said the Making Kids Count diaper program is not here to supply a family with the whole month's diaper needs, but to supplement the family's needs.

The diaper program, coupled with Making Kids Count's other programs, have seen the space on West Boulevard fill up rapidly. Coffin said they have outgrown the space and this September, will be moving into the former BounceAround facility on Southern Boulevard. She said they already have some great shelving for the new location, coming from the Toys R Us store less than a block away.

As for KNR, they are hoping their recent donation will inspire others in the community to jump on board and pay it forward.



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