The world is facing an unprecedented crisis, with communities and economies everywhere feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. We understand that people are struggling with stay-at-home orders, lost wages and limited resources. That’s why, as part of our COVID-19 relief efforts, we have partnered with Good360, a global leader in product philanthropy and purposeful giving, to give diapers to families experiencing shortages at this time.
“Through Domtar’s donations, we were able to provide nearly a half a million diapers to some hard-hit areas, including New York, Texas, Wisconsin and Washington state,” says Jim Alvey, senior director of partnerships, disaster recovery. “These diapers have gone a long way in helping communities currently quarantined because of severe outbreaks.”
In addition to our COVID-19 relief project with Good360, we donated 250,000 diapers to the Diaper Bank of North Carolina (DBNC). Domtar’s Personal Care division calls North Carolina home, and we have been long-time supporters of the DBNC, which helps supply necessities to families in the state.
“We want to ensure that our communities are cared for during the COVID-19 outbreak,” says Heather Stowe, Domtar’s corporate social responsibility manager. “We are happy to support organizations like Good360 and the Diaper Bank of North Carolina because we are assured that our donations are getting to the families that need them the most. We hope these contributions will provide a bit of comfort and relief.”
Comfort and Care Program Offers COVID-19 Relief
Diaper donations are part of our Comfort and Care program, which helps alleviate financial and emotional stress for families who struggle to afford diapers and incontinence products. Our Earth Choice Ambassadors typically hold assembly-line packing parties throughout the year to build Comfort and Care Kits, which include diapers and children’s books, for families in need.
Given the current environment, several of our facilities have decided to forego packing kits and instead are sending diapers and books directly to the organizations in their communities that need them the most.
Angie Godbold, executive administrative assistant and Earth Choice Ambassador captain at Domtar’s Marlboro Mill, is helping organize COVID-19 relief donations in her town.
“We are so happy to have the opportunity to help our community during this time of need,” says Godbold. “Since we are unable to build our Comfort and Care kits, we have decided to split the items up and give them to different organizations.”
Marlboro Mill is sending its diaper donations to the Pee Dee Pregnancy Resource Center to help new mothers as they navigate parenting. It’s also supplying books to the local school district to distribute through its lunch delivery program while school is not in session.