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Written by Gabriel Dillard
Retail giant Amazon has announced a partnership with Baby2Baby to manufacture and distribute one million diapers to communities in need across California.
Baby2Baby, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit that provides essential needs for children across the country, has already begun to distribute diapers in Northern and Southern California, and plans to start its distribution of diapers to the Fresno region.
Amazon donated $100,000 to Baby2Baby, which will fund the manufacturing of one million diapers at a fraction of the cost. The company will also leverage its AMZL logistics network to deliver the diapers to head start programs, health clinics, food banks and family resource centers across the state.
“We’ve done nearly 135,000 [deliveries] in SoCal from Ontario to Oxnard, and close to 200,000 making their way to San Francisco, Fresno, Woodlake, Oakley and Barstow,” said Marie Lloyd, Amazon head of community affairs in Southern California.
Amazon has partnered with various organizations in the past to distribute school supplies, formula, PPE and other items to low-income and struggling families. The diaper donation will follow this trend.
“The reason why we’ve picked these partners on the ground in each community is so that they can serve the individual families that they do on a day-to-day basis,” said Lloyd. People utilizing these services are encouraged to get in touch with the two organizations to find out more about how to acquire the donations.
“These diapers are really for them.”
Baby2Baby is a featured charity on AmazonSmile which donates 0.5 percent of purchases on Amazon to a charity of the customer’s choice.
“Diapers are always the number one item we distribute at Baby2Baby, and we have requests for 1.5 billion of them this year alone,” said Baby2Baby Co-CEOs Kelly Sawyer Patricof and Norah Weinstein. “We’re so thankful for Amazon’s partnership in helping us deliver this essential item to the families we serve across California, especially at a time when diaper prices are at an all time high and families living in poverty are still devastated by the pandemic.”
The Fresno area’s donations began arriving on May 13.